Monique Porsandeh, Pedestrian Run Over by San Francisco Driver, to Lobby for Safer Roads

Categories: Pedestrians

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After suffering severe injuries from being run over by a car, Monique Porsandeh was in coma for weeks.
Today, Monique Porsandeh is making her first trip back to San Francisco since she was run over by a car and severely injured earlier this year.

Porsandeh, 26, was nearly killed as she walked through the Marina District where a driver plowed through the crosswalk, hitting her before speeding off. Eight months and many hours of rehabilitation later, Porsandeh can now walk -- and she's planning to walk right into City Hall today to ask San Francisco supervisors to make this city safer for pedestrians.

The plan is to briefly speak to the Board of Supervisors this afternoon, then head over to the Pedestrian Safety Committee again at 6 p.m where she will ask the city to fund more pedestrian safety projects that'll help improve visibility between motorists and pedestrians, including lighting up crosswalks.

She will also touch upon an investigative report by the Bay Citizen that revealed a large portion of local motorists responsible or suspected of vehicular violence are never actually prosecuted. San Francisco fares better than other Bay Area cities when it comes to prosecuting motorists, and according to the article, "San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón charged seven out of nine drivers, including one cyclist, found to be at fault in fatal pedestrian crashes his first year in office."

On Feb. 24, Porsandeh was walking at a crosswalk at Green and Fillmore streets when a dark-colored Honda Accord plowed through the walkway, hitting Porsandeh and another pedestrian. Both were knocked unconscious. Porsandeh, a research assistant at UC Berkeley, suffered a major brain injury as well as a shattered pelvis, broken back, shattered leg, and broken bones. She has no recollection of the accident, but later learned the driver sped off and hasn't yet been caught. The other pedestrian suffered non life -threatening injuries.

"The first aid responders at the scene didn't think she was going to make it," said Mahendra Prasad, Porsandeh's friend. "It's pretty miraculous that she's still around."

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Porsandeh remained in coma for a couple weeks, then spent months lying in a hospital bed before being moved by ambulance to Southern California where her family lives.

Beyond the physical pain, Porsandeh has been dealing with the financial stress as well. Even with health insurance, Porsandeh is facing upwards of $100,000 in out-of-pocket medical and rehabilitation expenses. Those bills should be paid by the driver responsible for running her over, said Prasad. And that's the problem: To prosecute someone and receive restitution, the driver must be identified.

It doesn't just fall on the individual, but taxpayers, too. According to the findings by San Francisco Injury Center, a report often cited by pedestrian safety advocates, pedestrian injuries cost San Francisco taxpayers $15 million annually and make up 25 percent of all traumatic injuries.

Porsandeh's friends and family have set up a fund-raising websiteif you care to kick in some cash to help relieve her burden of high medical costs. If you can't support her financially, at least back her cause. You can start by slowing down and watching out for pedestrians.




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16 comments
TruthTeller44
TruthTeller44

I feel sorry for her I really do, but people in this city cross the street with no regard for on coming traffic qnd some with their heads buried in there phone. And lets not even talk about china town.

Reina Mira
Reina Mira

My friend went thru something similar. Uninsured, and her bills are nearly half million dollars. Ridiculous! Specially when it's not their fault!

KRan Jones McCabe
KRan Jones McCabe

I have been driving this city for decades. I want to say that pedestrians have to take responsibility as well. 90% are looking at their 'smart' phones instead of paying attention to their very dangerous surroundings.

Anna  Lee
Anna Lee

I see at least a dozen drivers run red lights in FiDi every morning. SF needs more red light cameras and more traffic cops. Drivers have no incentive to stop their reckless driving since they're never punished for it.

yourmom
yourmom

@kudachef Can't wait for something bad to happen to you, so you can see how quickly everyone says it's all your own fault.

TruthTeller44
TruthTeller44

I blame cell phones if you wanna blame something

TruthTeller44
TruthTeller44

Where in my comment do I say its her fault. Please have a great day lol

TruthTeller44
TruthTeller44

Not blaming anyone or anything like that. Just saying a huge problem is people not paying attention both drivers and pedestrians. And for u to wish bad things on me will speed up your own happenings. Have a great day

TruthTeller44
TruthTeller44

Im not blaming anyone, im saying a big problem is people walking with their heads deep in their phones. And you can kill all the internet toughness bro. You must press your keys really hard lol. Enjoy your day lil fella

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