In yet another incident of driver-on-pedestrian violence, an SUV driver rolling down Van Ness Avenue early this morning struck and injured a man in his 50s at a crosswalk in front of City Hall. The man was hospitalized in critical condition.

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, as KTVU reports, and the SUV sped away from the scene. The victim was apparently walking west across Van Ness, away from City Hall, when the driver blew through the crosswalk and hit him in one of the southbound lanes.

This comes on the heels of a driver killing a male pedestrian and injuring three others in San Francisco's Parkside neighborhood Tuesday.

What is with the upswing in pedestrian injuries and deaths? Are there just more cars on the road in San Francisco these days? More egregiously careless drivers? Or does it have something to do with all those militant pedestrians C.W. Nevius was blogging about the other day?

Pretend like it's New York and walk in fear, people.

[CBS 5]