A mere four days after a rogue Prius driver ran a red light in the Mission District, striking three pedestrians — two of them left critically injured — another wayfarer was hit by a vehicle and severely maimed last night, this time at a Cow Hollow intersection.
As reported by KPIX, via Bay City News, the driver drove through the intersection of Lombard and Steiner Streets in Cow Hollow, colliding with a pedestrian sometime around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. According to on-site officer Robert Rueca, first-responders arrived and found the pedestrian had sustained life-threatening injuries; the unnamed victim was immediately transported to a local hospital.
"There are simply too many vehicles operating with too little regard for our pedestrians and cyclists. We must do better." - @SFPD Police Commissioner John Hamasaki. We couldn't agree more. #CrashNotAccident #IWalkSF https://t.co/RRyo5fJQ8G— Walk San Francisco (@walksf) February 8, 2020
The driver remained at the scene for some two or more hours as officers tried to determine whether or not illegal substances were involved. However, NBC Bay Area staff said that police said no drugs or alcohol were involved.
The Lombard Street at Steiner intersection was shut down as of 10:30 p.m. last night as police continued their investigation, Rueca said; it was reopened later in the evening.
Per Vision Zero SF, that aforementioned intersection is still part of the pedestrian safety organization's "High-Injury" network, despite a litany of safety measures — "daylighting, leading pedestrian intervals, advanced limit lines, continental crosswalks, and accessible pedestrian signals at all intersections" — found in the area.
SMTA notes roughly 30 pedestrians die and another 500-plus more are severely injured while traveling on San Francisco streets, annually.
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