Tenderloin Security Camera Shows Bus Running Over Man

Categories: Transportation
Readers might recall the disturbing incident earlier this week when a shuttle bus ran over a man as he was crossing the intersection of Eddy and Leavenworth. The victim was stuck under the bus for more than 20 minutes, while paramedics worked to get him out. Fortunately, he is okay, but suffered a lot of broken bones.

This TL security camera filmed the entire incident, which was then released by the KRON 4 news team.
  Yikes!

Aside from good evidence, this surveillance might be a good addition to the traffic school curriculum. Just a thought.

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dreyfoos
dreyfoos

I've watched the video five times. I have no idea who had the green light. My questions for those on the bus would be: Did the driver appear to be in distress before hitting the victim?  Heart attack? blackout? seizure? If not, then the driver should be seriously punished and publicly shamed, enough to set an example to all those drivers who believe that going through an intersection a few seconds faster is more important than double-checking for humanity in the path of your people-flattener. How so many foolish people get a driver's license is a crime committed by the DMV.  As to the "immortal" pedestrians who don't look as they make all kinds of death-defyingly goofy moves - I say good luck when there's one of those foolish drivers on the other end of the action. Seriously, none of us are perfect - and we all need some luck.

Wtdanica
Wtdanica

I was the yellow school bus driver behind the white bus who negligently ran over that poor man.  The man had the right of way clearly, started crossing on the green and was 1/4 way into the intersection.  The driver was ON HIS FONE and not paying attention.  He saw the light turn yellow and went to make the light and didnt even check to see if there was someone crossing.  And worse is he was NOT charged with anything, not taken to be drug tested and still has his job!  I fear for the ppl of SF  having to share the crosswalks with the driver of that company who clearly should have fired him.  I drive in the Tenderloin everyday in a bus and watch very carefully as ppl do cross all over, still doesnt give a commercial driver the right to run them over.  He was fine, no HA or blackout or anything. Im so surprised and extremely happy he survived, but wat a tragedy that he suffered so many broken bones and nothing being done about it.  VERY SAD.  I would sue the shit outa that driver and the company for NOT taking better action against that driver. 

PaulV
PaulV

Someone suffering a lot of broken bones I would NOT call 'ok'. I've had my share of verbally ripping some San Francisco pedestrians a new one for crossing against the light, as well as drivers who don't give pedestrians the right of way when the light's in the pedestrian's favor. As far as the surveillance video, there is no excuse for the driver NOT to have seen the man crossing the street.Several years ago, I was on a San Jose bus when the driver ran over a bicyclist as we were passing over a bridge.  I felt it happen but didn't see it happen (because I was sitting toward the back of the bus) and, apparently, neither did the driver.Too much arrogance in San Francisco on both sides of the problem.

Wtdanica
Wtdanica

Agreed!  It was a horrible sight to watch and angry that the driver was not charged with anything. 

Uzimegiddo
Uzimegiddo

As a former New Yorker now living in San Francisco, I can tell you why these things happen: Pedestrians are irrationally complacent about their safety while crossing the street. The laws "protecting" their right of way are not an impenetrable force field, but to watch people crossing the street in this town, you'd think they were. In the past year since I moved here, I have had close calls where I almost ran people down or ran over their dogs on a number of occasions. In each of these, the sun was low in the sky, causing me to not see people in the crosswalk, or the pedestrian was crossing in an unpredictable manner on the right of my vehicle. It's all well and good to assign blame, but what are people willing to give up to be right?

DITTO
DITTO

Yea seriously, I drive a lot in the city and it seems that people just don't pay attention to vehicle traffic around them.  Even when a driver does have the right of way, pedestrians are willing to put their lives at risk just to make the light.  

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