Pedestrian Struck By Cab Driver at Market and 5th

photo.jpgOnlookers on Market after a crash between a cab and a pedestrian. Photo: Ted Goldberg

A pedestrian was struck and seriously injured by the driver of a cab near the intersection of Market and 5th Street this afternoon.

Large numbers of onlookers gathered on Market Street following the crash, just after noon today. According to Ted Goldberg, a KCBS Radio producer who happened upon the scene minutes after the crash, the victim was put into an ambulance on a stretcher, and was bleeding.

"I could see blood on his head but I don’t know if that’s where the injury took place," said Goldberg.

The injured pedestrian appeared to be a middle-aged white man, said Goldberg. Lt. Lyn Tomioka of the San Francisco Police Department said the victim was unconscious but breathing when police arrived on the scene.

"At 12:28, we received the first of multiple calls," she said.

Police were interviewing the cab driver for the ten minutes that Goldberg stayed on the scene, and there was at least one passenger in the cab. The cab was stopped in the middle of the crosswalk on westbound Market Street, and had not yet crossed through the intersection with 5th Street, while the victim remained a few feet behind the car in the center lane, adjacent to the F-line stop.

"People had to walk around the cab to get across the street at that moment," Goldberg said.

The cab windshield was heavily impacted from the crash. A fire truck, police patrol cars, and police officers who had been on their bicycles tended to the victim before loading him onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.

Lt. Tomioka was still waiting for further details on the crash and the victim’s condition. We’ll update as we hear more.

  • Nick

    Is there any oversight of the taxi industry? A lot of these cab drivers operate “off the company clokck” for a few hours a day to make extra money. How is this any different from a private vehicle? Maybe the City needs to consider a Taxi Ban on Market Street.

    If the driver is found to have been reckless, he should be thrown in jail with a few “Calm the Safety Zone” brochures.

  • I don’t know the context of this specific incident so I’ll not rush to judgment. I will say that as an individual who uses my own two feet as my primary mode of transit, cabs are the vehicle class that terrifies me the most. I see more patently reckless maneuvers from cab drivers than I do from any other kind of car, bus, or bicycle.

  • EL

    Nick – Without even knowing the exact point of impact or circumstances, it’s way to premature to assume that the taxi driver was at fault. As the article mentions, there’s a F-line island at this intersection, and I’ve seen plenty of examples of pedestrians jaywalking to this island, and I’ve seem plenty of examples of taxis driving dangerously too.

  • Nick

    EL, you suppose that’s why I qualified my statement with the words “if found to have been reckless”?

    I mean he probably was so let’s go ahead and judge him. 11mph at that location is reckless and in violation of the posted speed limit.

  • Sue

    Two pedestrians were hit outside of the Temple Bar tonight, June 11, around 7 or 7:30 pm. Perhaps Streetsblog can do some follow up, as the collision resulted in ambulances being called.

  • Mayor Newsom does not care about pedestrian safet issues … Especially in South of Market. Why else would he not lower speed limits in this growing high-density residential area of San Francisco. Shame on Mayor Newsom … Shame on him for not giving a shit.

  • I agree with SFResident … Taxi cabs are the worst offenders of speeding in downtown … That and how many taxi drivers are complete clean of booze and drugs when driving?

  • Wouldnt it be easy to judge a violation?

    Does that damage to the car and person indicate speed greater than 10mpg? If so, ticket.

  • Nick

    Jass, a lawyer could argue that the poor cab driver was going 10mph when a pedestrain ran into him at 40mph. This is the same world where we set the ocean on fire.

  • It’d be nice if Taxi Cabs were required to have a GPS installed that monitored and recorded speeds by location …. does that seem reasonable if there’s really no way police can enforce our speed limit effectively downtown?

  • Jamie, most taxis do have this — see the maps at

    My guess is that if the city tried to enforce speed limits through GPS logs it would soon find itself without any taxis, though.

  • Moley


    Yes, correct, and I know of no speeding convictions that have been predicated on GPS readings, even though the technology is clearly there to compute average speeds from them.

    I suspect the issue is that the equipment that the cops would rely on is not theirs but rather the property of the owner of the vehicle, who is under no obligation to incriminate himself.

  • @Moley –

    Dr Christopher Thompson was sent to the pokey for 5 years, partially based on the GPS logs of some cyclists he passed (then slotting in front of them and slamming on his brakes). Thompson claimed that they were impeding him, their GPS logs showed they were going slightly above the speed limit.

  • Moley


    Yes but that wasn’t for a speeding ticket. It was assault and bodily harm. GPS has been used for serious felonies. But not for routine speeding cases.

  • Moley, this article is about someone who got hit by a driver. Sounds like that is at least bodily harm.

  • Jeff

    That’s me and my wife, I’m still at home with broken hand and fractures here and there, my wife will spend 3-4 months in a wheelchair…