Another Pedestrian Killed by Car

Categories: Pedestrians

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A man who reportedly darted across Van Ness last night was killed after being struck by a car, making it the sixth pedestrian death since mid-December.

Officer Albie Esparza says police were called to the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street at about 6:20 p.m. where they found a 38-year-old man who had been hit by a car. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian was standing on the westside of Van Ness Avenue, between Grove and Lech, where he was engaged in a verbal altercation, Esparza says.

The man then darted across Van Ness, clearing six of the seven lanes of traffic; he was fatally struck in the seventh lane on Van Ness Avenue, police say. The driver, who was only described as a woman in her 20s, stopped and cooperated with police. She did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said.

"There was apparently no negligence on the part of the driver, since the traffic was flowing at the time," Esparza told the Chron. "It was just a tragedy."


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As of this morning, medical authorities had not identified the victim. The investigation is still ongoing, Esparza says.

SFPD's Traffic Collision Investigations Unit is taking the lead on the investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the cops anonymously at 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with "SFPD" at start of message.

This is the 10th pedestrian hit on San Francisco streets in the last two weeks, prompting the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to hold a joint meeting between a safety committee and its neighborhood watch next week to discuss pedestrian safety issues.





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Steven Python
Steven Python

If you suddenly run into traffic and you get hurt, it's your fault. If you're crossing the street with your face buried in a phone and you get hurt, it's your fault. If you think an act of the legislature gives you the right to cross the street without looking, you're right - but you will have nobody to blame but yourself if you get hurt or killed. Why are people so thick as to think that they don't have to look themselves?

Morticia Monroe
Morticia Monroe

I saw his body in a bag on the street as I went by. So sad . Let's please be careful and wait for crosswalk .

Art Gonzalez
Art Gonzalez

Everyone is in an uproar in the Bay Area because of the recent fatalities, pedestrians need the pay attention!

Christina Mathis
Christina Mathis

Sounds like he ran into the path of a car. Drivers aren't always at fault. We've all seen pedestrians do careless things.

Jerusha DeVargas
Jerusha DeVargas

He RAN across which is essentially a highway and I am sorry but SF pedestrians seem to think they are not responsible to take care of themselves! Look and cross at the light!

HMusic Hani
HMusic Hani

this is awful...VanNess is a place everyone has impatience because it's the ramp to the freeway...should be more vigilant...especially since it's poorly lit.

Rob Cotton
Rob Cotton

ah, drivers blaming pedestrians *smh* - hey idiots, we're not the ones driving metal death machines around. It's your job as the operator of what is essentially a DEADLY WEAPON, to you know, wield it with the utmost care and concern for the safety of others.

Lisa Quail
Lisa Quail

Again?? Since December 31st, 2013, it seems to me a pedestrian is getting every other day on the streets of San Francisco.

Craig M Sharrow
Craig M Sharrow

Would it be too harsh to say, "Accidental payback for the thousands of A-hole pedestrians"?

Andrea Cwynar
Andrea Cwynar

Ya know, I have seen it a million times...pedestrians crossing the streets with their head phones on or head down in their phone, not even looking before they cross and expecting that everyone can see them. Sometimes they aren't even in the cross walk ! Lets add to that, taking their time and lolly gagging thinking they are the only ones in the world. ( Not all, but a lot of them do this ) This is a situation where everyone needs to work together, always : bikers, pedestrians and drivers. A lot of pedestrians have become senseless and or entitled, but then one gets hit and its OMG WHATS HAPPENING IN OUR CITY...Oh please.

Mel Greene
Mel Greene

What the fuck is going on in San Francisco? Open season on pedestrians?

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