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  • Memorial Fund Set Up For Victims Of Crash

    By Josh Wein
    Staff Writer

    San Francisco Examiner, CA
    Oct 17 2005

    Friends of Zareh Soghikian, the Yellow Cab driver killed in a gruesome
    suspected DUI collision Oct. 9, have set up a memorial fund to honor
    his life and the life of Tyler Brown, the 21-year-old Duke University
    student who was riding in the front passenger seat and also killed
    in the accident.

    San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has charged Kevin
    McGuinness, a 43-year-old Irish citizen, with two counts of
    second-degree murder for his role in the crime. McGuinness allegedly
    ran a stop sign at the corner of Broadway and Webster streets,
    broadsiding Soghikian's taxi.

    Two passengers, Tyler's brother Adrian and his friend Michael Giedgowd
    were also injured in the collision. Authorities said McGuinness was
    driving down Broadway Street at 80 miles per hour with a blood-alcohol
    level twice the legal limit. McGuinness allegedly fled the scene of
    a hit-and-run near Polk and Washington streets just moments before
    the fatal crash. He is being held without bail in San Francisco's
    jail and is scheduled to enter a plea on Oct. 27.

    About 50 cabbies attended a candlelight vigil to honor Soghikian and
    Brown on Friday night, said Ruach Graffis, an executive member of the
    United Cab Workers' Union. Funeral services were held Saturday for
    Soghikian at a local Armenian Church. Brown was also buried Saturday
    in Rhode Island.

    The Zareh Soghikian and Tyler Brown Memorial Fund will benefit two
    charities Brown and Soghikian were already involved with, Graffis
    said. Soghikian had been quietly sending money to an Armenian family
    who lost their home in a recent earthquake. They will receive part
    of the money raised by the fund.

    Brown had recently returned from a trip to Indonesia helping a village
    recover from December's tsunami and another part of the fund will
    benefit charities in Banda Aceh.

    To contribute, send a check made out to the Zareh Soghikian and Tyler
    Brown Memorial Fund, to the Mission Area Federal Credit Union at 2940
    16th St., San Francisco, CA 94110.