SFPD Seeks Information in Life-Threatening Hit-and-Run

A pedestrian is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a hit-and-run collision yesterday. SFPD spokesperson Sgt. Lyn Tomioka said the collision occurred near California Street and Van Ness Avenue at 8:20 p.m. The driver was believed to be in a white pickup truck. A license plate number was not available.

Manish Champsee of Walk San Francisco said the intersection is in an area with a dangerous history for pedestrians.

"That area has been pretty problematic," said Champsee. The current configuration of the intersection, which is wide with incomplete pedestrian safety amenities, encourages "speeding and gives a feel of an expressway." Another pedestrian was struck and received life-threatening injuries just two blocks south on Van Ness at Bush Street in March.

Champsee would like to see traffic calming measures at the intersection, but for now, he is concerned about finding the driver. "I would encourage the person who did that to turn themselves in and do the right thing."

Streetsblog will continue to follow up with any further information that becomes available about the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is encouraged to call SFPD’s 24-hour anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

  • mcas

    In the google screenshot, the paint at that crosswalk looks rather worn out– could an enterprising lawyer could possibly make the case that this collision is the fault of the SFMTA for not maintaining a safe crossing for pedestrians?

  • Jeff

    Are they checking the red light cameras near there for the truck, I bet you it high tailed it out of there after the hit and run

  • Jeffrey W. Baker

    mcas: hopefully not, because paint is not what defines a crosswalk. A crosswalk is any place where one street crosses the other, as long as the street doing the crossing is more than 25 feet wide. No markings needed. There are dozens of totally unmarked crosswalks in the city.

  • ZA

    Thanks again Streetsblog for helping crowdsource more useful information for this case!

  • Bob

    The car went south on Van Ness, West at Pine, and then South on Gough – so if there are red light cameras at any of those intersections, then hopefully it caught the license plate. He was going to fast, we couldn’t read it. After Gough we lost him. So if anyone was on Gough and saw a truck with damage in the front. It was probably him.

  • Jeffrey is right. Here is the relevant info from the California Driver Handbook.

    http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/hdbk/right_of_way.htm#crosswalks

    “Crosswalks

    A crosswalk is that part of the roadway where the sidewalk lines would extend across the street and it is set aside for pedestrian traffic. Every intersection has a pedestrian crosswalk whether or not there are painted lines on the street. Most crosswalks are at corners but they can also be in the middle of the block. Before turning a corner, watch for people about to cross the street. Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is in the middle of the block.

    Crosswalks are often marked with white lines. Yellow crosswalk lines may be painted at school crossings. Most often, crosswalks in residential areas are not marked.”

  • g

    the city could potentially be held liable but it is very difficult to do. the city has immunity for the design, which means immunity for a high capacity street in places dangerous to pedestrians. for the city to be held liable it would have to be on notice of the danger, it would need to be shown that conditions have changed since the design was approved and that the city had reasonable time and funding to fix the problem.

    this typically doesn’t happen because advocates don’t think in these terms and the city intentionally tries to ignore or downplay dangerous situations.

  • I was nearby and heard but did not see the impact of this hit and run. And yes, what I heard after the sound of impact WAS the driver high-tailing it out of there. I was so busy watching my own ass crossing Van Ness Stree(toward the accident) that I didn’t see what happened until the woman was already hit.
    Horrible.

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