Driver Dies After Being Pinned by His Own Car in Nob Hill

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Update 4:26 p.m.: The Medical Examiner's Office has identified the driver as 44-year-old Youjun Wang, a Millbrae resident.

Original story 8:45 a.m.:
A 44-year-old man was killed last night when he attempted to stop his own car from rolling back along one of the city's steep hills.

Officer Gordon Shyy says that about 6:21 p.m. the unidentified victim parked his car on Taylor and Post streets to let some passengers out. The man noticed his car started to roll backward, so he got behind the car, attempting to stop it from moving any further.

The rolling vehicle hit the man, pinning him between his car and another parked car on the street. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he later died, Shyy said.

Now might be a good time to remind local drivers: When parked downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb. When parked uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb and let your vehicle roll back a few inches.

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Easy way to remember is to turn the wheels so that if the car rolls then the front wheels hit the curb first.  Also, if your car are is rolling downhill don't step in front of it to stop it unless you are Superman, the Incredible Hulk, or someone similar.

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