The victim of Sunday's tragic pedestrian fatality in Laurel Heights has been identified today as 25-year-old aspiring architect Suzanne Monaco. According to authorities, Monaco was not in the crosswalk when she was struck by a pickup truck while crossing Masonic Avenue near Euclid Ave with an armful of groceries. Monaco succumbed to injuries from the crash about half an hour later at San Francisco General Hospital.
The driver of the Toyota pickup remained on the scene and cooperated with authorities investigating the incident. He has not been arrested.
Monaco was an aspiring architect with local firm 450 Architects. According to a bio on the firm's website, she had "a passion for socially, culturally, and environmentally sustainable design" that she cultivated while earning her Masters of Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans. She was "an impassioned, conscious, and at times whimsical designer" whose interest in humanitarian design took her abroad to study architecture in Tanzania as part of a Gordon Fellowship. She also served as the Managing Director of Architecture for Humanity San Francisco.
On Friday, Monaco had completed drawings for new playgrounds for the SF Unified School district. The project would have been the first of hers to actually get built. As her mother told the Chronicle, Suzanne Monaco had long aspired to be an "architect who traveled the world."