The driver who ran over a woman in a crosswalk at Pine and Front Streets in the Financial District last Thursday will not receive a citation despite being found at fault, the SFPD told Streetsblog.
Police confirmed that the victim had the walk signal as she made her way through the west crosswalk along Front at 11:55 a.m., walking south, when the driver hit her as he made a left turn from northbound Front to westbound Pine. An officer said the woman's injuries were not life-threatening, and the driver will not be cited. The officer would not say why.
"If a driver not only fails to yield at the crosswalk but also hits and hurts someone, it's pretty clear: there should be a penalty," said Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe, who noted that the SFPD recently "issued a statement committing to more frequent and visible enforcement of the laws that protect people on foot."
Police wouldn't disclose any information about the driver or the victim in yesterday's crash, but a photo from Streetsblog reader Patrick Carroll shows an officer speaking with a man who appears to be in his late teens and the black Ford Mustang Carroll said he appeared to have been driving. Carroll noted that drivers often speed through the turn onto Pine to make the green light. Two turn lanes from Front Street funnel traffic over the crosswalk where the victim was struck.
"The SFMTA really needs to get rid of double-lane turns wherever possible," said Stampe. "Those are incredibly dangerous for people on foot."
Aaron was the editor of Streetsblog San Francisco from January 2012 until October 2015. He joined Streetsblog in 2010 after studying rhetoric and political communication at SF State University and spending a semester in Denmark.