In what became the ninth pedestrian fatality in San Francisco this year, a young woman was struck and killed by a muni bus on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 19. The bus accident occurred at the corner of 18th and Hartford street. According to police, the bus driver was turning left from 18th street onto Hartford when it struck the woman as she was crossing the street.
Another pedestrian who witnessed the accident said that one moment they saw emergency crews pulling the victim out from the bus, and the next moment they were wrapping her up. It was clear to the witness that the victim has passed away. Police confirmed that the victim died at the scene of the accident.
Police said that the driver of the bus would be tested as with every accident of this nature to check whether he was impaired in any way. However, police say that he did not show any initial signs of being impaired. Details of the police investigation into the newest fatality have not yet been released.
This fatal accident adds to San Francisco's ranking as the most dangerous city for pedestrians in California, according to a group called Transportation for America. It is only August, and there have already been nine fatalities this year, compared to only six last year. Every year in San Francisco about 800 pedestrians are hit by cars. This number is alarming, and many individuals and groups are calling for changes that will improve the safety of pedestrians on San Francisco streets.
Source: ABC News 7 "Woman struck and killed by Muni bus" Tomas Roman, Aug. 19, 2011