Michael Mendez Identified as Pedestrian Killed by Muni Train
On Saturday just before 2:40 p.m., Mendez was at Market and Powell streets when he was struck by a trolley. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police say. Authorities say Mendez had no fixed address, confirming witness reports saying the victim was a homeless man who stashed his backpack under the Muni platform.
Multiple people told AB7 News that Mendez didn't jump in front of the train, but rather he fell as he was trying to recover his backpack from under the platform.
"For reasons of both fire laws and security some of the doors in some of the rooms down here must remain open, so occasionally we do find people that put belongings where they shouldn't," SFMTA Director John Haley told the news station.
Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni released the following statement to us this morning:
"We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the individual who lost their life on Saturday. We are currently working with the SFPDto complete a full investigation and determine the specific details of this incident."