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

3:58 PM PDT on August 12, 2009

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.

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