San Francisco Sheriff's Cadet Faces Charges in Pedestrian's Death

A man who has worked as a San Francisco Sheriff's Cadet since 2008 is facing several charges after an apparent hit and run accident in which a 61 year-old pedestrian was killed. The pedestrian was crossing Masonic Avenue and Turk Boulevard early Friday morning when he was struck and killed.

According to law enforcement officials the cadet continued driving south without stopping to check on the pedestrian while a cab driver called the police. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that cadet drove several more blocks before crashing into a number of parked cars near the intersection of Fell and Clayton Streets. After striking the parked cars the paper reports that the cadet finally stopped when he plowed his car into a concrete planter outside of St. Mary's Medical Center.

The cadet was reported to have been visibly upset when he made his first appearance in court. A representative for the cadet indicated that their prayers were with the victim of the pedestrian who was killed in the accident. The cadet is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving. He was ordered to be held on one million dollar bail.

Unfortunately traffic accidents involving pedestrians often cause serious injuries. While crossing a street or exiting a school bus a pedestrian is in a highly vulnerable position with nothing to absorb the impact of a collision. The pedestrian has no choice but to trust that the driver of a car or truck will use proper care and attention to avoid striking the person on foot.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle "S.F. sheriff's cadet charged in fatal hit-run" Jaxon Van Derbeken, May 11, 2011

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