Front page of the San Francisco Chronicle (link to article):
A car-burglary suspect fell to his death early today after he climbed over a wall on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill while trying to flee from police, authorities said. The incident began at 12:30 a.m. when police received reports of a someone breaking into a car on the unit block of Alta Street near Montgomery Street, east of Coit Tower.
Officers set up surveillance in the area and spotted the man getting out of car. Police tried to stop him, but he took off running. At one point, he stumbled, and a screwdriver fell out of his pocket, police said.
The man jumped over a 3-foot wall to the west of Sansome Street near the Filbert Street Steps, apparently not realizing that there was a 200-foot drop, police. He fell and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His name was not immediately released.
I really find it hard to have compassion for such people. First, the dude's trying to steal...big no-no. Second, he's a bit of an eejit...if you know San Francisco decently well, you know that Telegraph Hill in particular has a ton of huge drop-offs. Actually, it's common in many areas of the city. Regardless, I just can't think anything other than, "Darwin strikes again!"