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Driver Traveling at High Speed without Lights Seriously Injures Pedestrian

11:21 AM PST on December 17, 2009

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A driver traveling at a high speed without headlights on struck and seriously injured a pedestrian on Columbus near the intersection of Grant early this morning. The pedestrian, a 56-year-old male San Francisco resident, suffered life-threatening injuries and is still in the hospital, according to Sgt. Wilfred Williams, an SFPD spokesperson.

The driver, a 33-year-old male who is not a resident of San Francisco, remained at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 1 a.m. today. "The driver hasn't been charged at this time," said Williams. "We'll see where the investigation goes and if it warrants an arrest."

The driver was traveling northbound on Columbus in a Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, and struck the pedestrian as he crossed Columbus heading westbound near Grant. The pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk at the time, Williams said, though the intersection of Grant and Columbus does not have one.

Updated at 11:50 a.m.

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