A 57-year-old San Francisco man was killed on Monday night was killed while attempting to cross Mission Street near Excelsior Avenue. Law enforcement officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal pedestrian accident, they have not yet made an arrest in the matter pending the outcome of the investigation.
According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle the driver was behind the wheel of a 1996 Mitsubishi Galant when the accident occurred, just after seven o'clock on Monday evening. The driver was headed north on Mission Street when he crashed into the pedestrian. After the crash, the driver stopped and was interviewed by the police.
While technology and safety improvements are continually making riding in a car a safer experience. Unfortunately, air-bags and crumple zones designed to protect the occupants of the vehicle do little or nothing to improve the chances for a pedestrian to escape a collision without a catastrophic injury. Pedestrians and bicyclists are completely vulnerable when they are struck by a car.
The sequence of events in this particular accident is still under investigation and there is not yet any indication that the driver may have been reckless or negligent. But in general the deck can be stacked against a pedestrian who crosses a roadway. A driver who only notices the cars around him, or takes a moment to look at his phone may fail to see a pedestrian before it is too late.
San Francisco is an active and vibrant city. People like to get out on their bikes or on foot for both exercise and transportation. While any prudent runner or biker will do all they can keep themselves safe, drivers also have a duty to pay attention to their surroundings and use all reasonable care and caution.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Pedestrian killed crossing Mission Street," Henry K. Lee, Oct. 5, 2011