Folsom Truck Victim Identified as 24-Year-Old Amelie Le Moullac

Amelie Le Moullac. Photo: Voce Communications

The woman killed on her bike by a truck driver at Sixth and Folsom Streets yesterday morning has been identified as 24-year-old Amelie Le Moullac, SF Weekly reported this morning. Le Moullac was run over by a truck driver making a right turn from Folsom on to Sixth at about 7:07 a.m., and although SFPD says it’s still investigating the crash, officers have already said they have no plans to submit case to the district attorney to investigate the case for potential charges, according to KTVU.

Photo: Voce

Le Moullac, a graduate of Menlo High School in Atherton and the University of Southern California, worked as a client executive at Voce Communications, a public relations firm located on Third Street near Brannan. She may have been riding to work when she was killed.

In a blog post, Voce called Le Moullac “one of our beloved family members.”

“We miss you dearly,” the company said. “We will miss your smile, your humor, your wit and your friendship. You are irreplaceable and unforgettable.”

Le Moullac is the third resident to be killed on a bike in San Francisco streets this year, and each victim was killed by a heavy truck driver, none of whom have been cited or charged. In February, 48-year-old Diana Sullivan was run over and killed while reportedly stopped at a red light at Third and King Streets.

“I’ve had a few close calls when it seemed like the driver didn’t notice me in broad daylight,” said Kristina Varshavskaya, 19, who bikes from her home in the Mission to her office on Townsend Street near Third. “I definitely worry about it in the back of my mind.”

Varshavskaya said she tends to commute on streets with safer bike lanes and calmer traffic, like Townsend and Division Street, which has curbside bike lanes separated by plastic posts.

“Almost all SoMa streets, specifically Folsom, Mission, and Third, from my experience, are always really busy and cars can be pretty aggressive and indifferent to bikers,” she said. The lingering plan for protected bike lanes on Folsom “seems like the safest possible solution.”

Varshavskaya said she was also hit by a driver while walking near Second and Market Streets about two years ago, suffering a broken leg in four places. “I’m pretty alert while biking and definitely more cautious than most people I know.”

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  • Little Brother

    Amelie Le Moullac was my beautiful older sister. Witty, engaging, and extremely talented. While to most of you Amelie is just a name on a screen with a few words describing her, she was a very real person who touched so many lives. There needs to be a greater concern for the safety of cyclists in San Francisco. While I was not aware of how big of a problem this is until this tragedy occurred, it is clear that these sorts of accidents, though not always fatal, happen on nearly a daily basis. While there is nothing to be done to bring back my beloved sister Amelie, I only you to consider this: How many more people need to die before something is done about this? What will it take for change to happen? I know I am but one person, but I guarantee you that everyone in the city of San Francisco either personally uses their bike to get around in the city or know of someone who does. I plead with you to take action and find a solution whether it be better education regarding safe driving/cycling or better protected bike lanes, before it is your sister, brother, mother, father, friend, or loved one who ends up being a name on a screen with just a few words describing them.

    Food for thought in my moment of indescribable grief.

  • Elizabeth

    Young and strong beautiful one
    In the early morning light
    This star fell down
    On Folsom Boulevard

    Why don’t you let her be
    She’s gone
    We know
    Give her mother and father peace
    Your vulture’s candor
    Your casual slander
    Will murder her memory
    She’s gone
    We know
    And it’s nothing but a tragedy

  • Elizabeth

    By all accounts, your sister Amelie was a truly lovely person, not just a name or a few words on screen. My heart goes out to you. One of my dearest friends saw his oldest sister run over by a car and die on the way to school. I’ve seen the effect on his family even still. Every single one of us matters and these tragedies are not just statistics to be debated. I’ve avoided speculating as to the circumstances because I knew her friends and family may be reading.

    There are proven ways to make our streets much safer and they involve everything you mention – better infrastructure and better education. I’ve been wanting to bring her favorite flower to Folsom to pay my respects, but didn’t know who to ask.

    I am only person too, and if there is anything I can do to help prevent even one more sister from being lost, I will commit to you to do my very best for the rest of my life. I am so, so sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, the number of traffic fatalities in 2011, the last year for which statistics are available, was 32,367, the lowest number since 1949.

  • ozybstd

    Such as cyclists ignoring red lights stop signs etc. Talk to him about how a cyclist can kill a woman and go home and lament his bike on the internet. It goes both ways. One group is no guiltier than the othee.

  • NoeValleyJim

    Hardly. Over 100 times as many pedestrians are killed by automobiles as are killed by cyclists. Automobiles are slaughtering people. Automobile caused fatalities are such a frequent and commonplace event that they rarely even warrant a news article. Bicyclist caused fatalities are the super rare “man bites dog” story and therefore get a blizzard of press.

  • ” she must have been riding in the driver’s blind spot” There goes that bias again. If the truck passes her, she is going to be in the truck’s blind spot at some point, how in the hell is that her fault. Trust me, cyclists are acutely aware of the fact that they are no match for a vehicle. if only the drivers would realize this.

  • NoeValleyJim

    Dear Mayor Lee,

    Please remind Chief Suhr of his department’s responsibility to enforce the traffic law in *all* *cases*, not just when politically expedient to do so. I am shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Amelie Le Moullac when she was run over by a an illegally turning truck driver on Folsom Street. CVS 21717 states:

    “Turning Across Bicycle Lanes 21717. Whenever it is necessary for the driver of a motor vehicle to cross a bicycle lane that is adjacent to his lane of travel to make a turn, the driver shall drive the motor vehicle into the bicycle lane prior to making the turn and shall make the turn pursuant to Section 22100 ”

    Somehow his department has neglected to enforce the law in this case and poor Amelie is being made the criminal even though she is victim.

  • Anonymous

    I would love the SFBC to advocate for safer cycling lanes instead of constantly working to help the city act as though their inadequate efforts are somehow sufficient. While it might be helpful, I resent that a group representing cyclists must use its limited resources to help the city train their police. The city ought to do their job.

    These deaths should make us all angry. The city knows how to make cyclists and pedestrians safer, they just refuse to do it.

  • Alex Plumb

    Jim, As a daily bike commuter, I am also saddened by this tragic incident. Can you provide me with a link to the reports from the police or eye witnesses that explain in detail who was at the intersection first, exactly where in the road the truck and poor Amelie were at the moment she was hit, and any other information that proves the driver committed an illegal act. You must have this information at your finger tips or you wouldn’t be so adamant about the drivers guilt. I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find these details.

  • Alex Plumb

    ” If the truck passes her, she is going to be in the truck’s blind spot at some point”
    You are making a biased assumption that the truck overtook her. We do not know this. The truck may have been at the intersection before her, slowing or stopping to turn, and she may have pulled up along the right side. I am a daily bike commuter and often see both deadly actions: right hooks by vehicles and cyclists pulling up along the right side of large vehicles at intersections. I wish the media would ascertain and report these details but, sadly, reporters are more interested in reporting the human tragedy than getting all the facts.

  • Guest

    Alex, yes I thought the same thing, which is what happened in the similar accident at 15th and SVN recently.

    And in that case, it was incumbent on the cyclist to hold back rather than enter a blind spot and the associated risk.

  • Anonymous

    True. It’s been decreasing steadily since around 2005, right around the time when total vehicle miles traveled began to decrease.

  • Anonymous

    Pedestrian fatalities have been increasing though in recent years and 32,367 is still far far too high.

  • Anonymous

    You must have this information at your finger tips or you wouldn’t be so adamant about the drivers guilt.

    Unless Amelie was on the sidewalk, the truck went across the bike lane while it was occupied. And if Amelie was on the sidewalk, the truck went onto the sidewalk. Either way, the truck driver is at fault, from a literal reading of the CVC.

    Now, it is true that due to insufficient design, there are blind spots for truck drivers which make it possible for a cyclist to enter the turn radius of the truck such that the driver can’t see the cyclist. This is why we note that given current design and conditions that cyclists must be aware of the shortcomings of truck drivers and avoid that condition. It is also true that we note that 2 cyclists have died this year in similar collisions, given that there are cyclists who have not learned this lesson the easy way, and more cycling for transport is doing nothing but increasing in popularity, we should try to mitigate the shortcomings of both parties.

  • Anonymous

    Actually it’s decreased every year since 1996, except for 2002 and 2005.

  • Alex Plumb

    I don’t believe the bike lane extended into the intersection, so without any information regarding the exact place of contact, you have admit that she could have been struck beyond the end of the bike lane. I agree that It’s very likely that the truck entered the bike lane just prior to the turn and struck Amelie there, but we don’t know the details of what transpired. Was Amelie moving faster than the truck and pulled up on the right after the driver checked his mirror? Did the driver signal before turning? Was she in the bike lane ahead of the truck and the driver simply right hooked her? I assume the cops who investigated the accident know, but we don’t. I wish the reporters and bloggers covering this story would find out for us and report these important details.

  • John Alex Lowell

    Oh Little Brother of Amelie Le Moullac. To you, Amelie’s family, & friends I share I care. I am so sorry she passed away thru this traumatic collision at the SW corner of Folsom & 6th Street. As I’m survivor of a pedestrian collision 12.5 years ago in SF I accutely know how & why changes in urban transportation planning for bicyclists, pedestrians & non-normative yet natural means of travel need to be improved in SF. As a senior member of the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee authorized by the Board of Supervisors to represent people who travel in SF, I tell them to demand Mayor Lee command SFPD Chief Suhr to enforce the laws & SFMTA ED Ed Reiskin to change the rules of the road. As I’m interfaith counselor for people affected by trauma I invite you to walk around the Palace of the Legion of Honor in SF. In your therapeutic walk by the external sculptures of the Thinker by Roden & the Holocaust memorial off of the parking lot you may think & feel something important for you.

  • Jessie Jewitt

    As we lay our beautiful Amelie to rest, her love and “joie de vivre” will live in our hearts eternally.
    Thank you for your beautiful words.
    Amelie’s mother

  • Anonymous

    The old Rob Anderson theory of “It’s decreased from an unacceptably high number to another unacceptably high number – nothing to see here!”

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe the bike lane extended into the intersection…

    Bike lane on one side of the intersection. Bike lane on the other side of the intersection. Ergo, bike lane goes through the intersection.

    We don’t travel in lanes and then just have anarchy in the intersections. Example – you can’t be in the right lane, enter the intersection (thus the lane ends by your account) and then turn left – that is an improper turn from the wrong lane.

  • Guest

    murphstahoe, there has to be some point and reason for the bike lane markings to discontinue for some distance. That has significance else why mark that way at all?

    If drivers cannot rely on the markings for bike lanes, then what are they supposed to do? Guess? Assume? When a bike lane marking goes from continuous to dotted, then that emans vehicles may move into that lane. When they vanish altogether, then there is no priority any more.

    My approach to such situations is that unless a bike lane is distinctly and affirmatively marked, then it is discontinued and the normal road rules apply.

  • Anonymous

    You know, when I decide to post on something, I typically start with google and read up on what I am posting before I actually start typing. You should consider doing the same, unless of course you are simply trolling.

    The lane markings stop in intersections because if they didn’t, you’d get a cross hash of lane markings which serve solely to confuse. You’ll note that in the country when you have a road with a centerline intersecting with a road that doesn’t have a centerline, the centerline marking on the road with the demarcation continues through the intersection.

    And of course, you’ll notice that on Folsom there are 2 “car” lanes, and the markings for those lanes do not continue through the intersection. Does that mean those lanes are discontinued and normal road rules apply? What exactly is the normal road rule for a 50 foot wide chunk of asphalt? The yellow line is gone, does that mean the lanes in the opposite direction are discontinued as well?

  • Mary

    Did your googling not find this case, which indicates that bike lanes do not persist thru intersections?

    The presumption on a marked bike lane is that other traffic will not laterally enter the bike lane. That reasonable expectation may not apply at an intersection precisely because of the fact that it exists to allow the lateral crossing of vehicular traffic.

  • Anonymous

    My googling did not find that case because my search query included the term “CVC” because you know, the intersection we are discussing is 400 miles from Oregon and thus not covered by the ORS.

  • Mary

    If there hasn’t been a test case in California court, then it can be instructive to look further afield to other States where such legal precedents have been established, especially neighboring States with established bike infrastructure, to see what arguments a judge will typically consider.

    Alex’s point here was that cyclists cannot safely assume that they have the same expectations of exclusive access and usage on an “imputed bike lane” as on a real, marked bike lane. In those areas where road markings, signs and lights to not inform the rules, then it must be left for common sense and the default rules of the road to apply.

    It well may turn out here that the truck driver will be found to be at fault here, but the fact that the accident occured at a point beyond where the bike lane markings end cannot be ignored as a potential factor. The same caveat applies if the truck has been travelling perpendicular to the imputed bike lane. How is a driver supposed to know that the street he is crossing has a bike lane if it is not marked or signposted?

  • Anonymous

    The same caveat applies if the truck has been travelling perpendicular to the imputed bike lane. How is a driver supposed to know that the street he is crossing has a bike lane if it is not marked or signposted?

    What does it matter if someone to someone crossing the street on a green is crossing a street with a bike lane since the perpendicular lane will have a Oh shit, Neil/whomever got me again. Well played.

  • I think you mean “kill a man” if you’re talking about the one in the Castro.

  • The numbers have decreased because there have been fewer vehicle miles traveled, not because drivers are any safer.

  • This is just the usual working-class male bonding I grew up with (my brother drives a big rig). There is a similar sentiment to be found amongst the motoring public of all classes, though, and the combination of the latter being expressed as the former will come across as particularly toxic.

  • I think there must be some sort of law requiring a serious exaggeration or error whenever using the Bucchere case to rant against bicyclists as a group. I have seen no counterexamples.

  • And that’s also “lament his helmet”.

  • Anonymous

    Number of miles traveled has been going down since 2005. Traffic fatalities have been going down for a lot longer so miles traveled reduction cannot be the cause. In this case, correlation does not equal causation. I think improved safety measures and better roads are the primary reason.

  • 100? Motorists kill over 4000 pedestrians per year in the U.S. Bicyclists kill about 1-3. Do the math.

  • NoeValleyJim

    I am just doing San Francisco fatalities in the last decade.

  • In that case, in most years, bicyclists kill ZERO.

  • Anonymous

    because he murdered a woman.

  • Anonymous

    I suspect tis is what killed the poor bloke who was killed on 16th St earlier this year by a cement truck (or was it a garbage truck?) Appalling that these details are never reported on, or that the Police to not make a definitive determination. The case cannot be closed until there is irrefutable proof that the killer didn’t commit vehicular murder.

  • Anonymous

    vehicular murder. Driver needs to go to prison.

  • Anonymous

    you’re a first class ass monkey

  • Anonymous

    I wrote and delivered a speech in City Hall this week that addresses the shortcomings of the design of our streets today and offers solution to how we can improve the streets so we don’t lose someone like Amelie again.

    If you have time, please read it, share it, constructively critique it, and add further reading to the bottom of the post.

    To those who knew Amelie, I am so so sorry.

  • na

    I was hit by a car on Montgomery and 2nd. The officer fabricated the report and claimed I gave to him my story at the hospital. The story was completely false, making it sound like i walked into a moving car when i was actually hit from behind. he also drew damages on the car that did not exist after I had to subpoena for the pictures. In fact, he was chasing an armed robbery suspect during this time. He also claimed it was a hit and run based on witness statements, which I also believe is fabricated because the statement I heard was different.

    It could result in loss of various claims and reimbursement of expenses. It has also been stressful.

    Basically if you’re in the wrong place and time and gave a cop a bad look, they can frame you for murder.

    Not sure how many have been incarcerated due to false evidence. I’d like to contact these victims and help to get them released.

  • Anonymous

    May God rest this sweet girl’s soul, innocence lost badly needed in a growing dark world, and the guilty who do not enforce traffic laws in this city, the SFPD prefer people die and take the unjust blame. Police aren’t doing their jobs, it’s class warfare and they want people to die.

  • Anonymous

    I’m on a bike a lot in this city and it’s clear as day the cops aren’t enforcing the traffic laws at all. I sent a letter about it a month ago to the Mayor’s office.

  • cphilli1

    Dear family of Amelie: I am so sad for your loss. Your daughter was a beautiful young lady full of life. An injustice has taken place and you must set it right. I wish you strength on your journey and peace at the end.

    From a mother in Illinois who has a child who rides in San Fran.

  • Jessie Jewitt

    Thank you for your words of comfort.
    Losing Amelie is devastating.
    Her mother – Jessie

  • Jessie Jewitt

    There will be an impromptu celebration for the life of our beloved Amelie,who was tragically killed 4 months ago, at 6th and Folsom 10:30 AM today.

  • RIP Amelie…so sad to hear about this just now, as I was going to send her a message on Linkedin. How depressing 🙁

  • Lucy Fur

    Sorry for the loss of Amelie and many other bicyclists who were killed by reckless drivers. Not paying attention while driving a truck can have tragic results. What is disturbing is the way that SFPD handles these accidents by letting drivers escape justice while blaming the victims; “Well I’ve seen bicyclists go through red lights so now I don’t trust any of them.” This is blatant discrimination against a group of people and violates the U.S. Constitution. ALL people have rights and bicyclists cannot be treated as second class citizens because they choose not to consume petroleum products on their commutes! Even if these callous and careless truck drivers and cops get away with criminal acts (vehicular homicide and failure to prosecute criminal drivers) there is a place in Hades for them. The hooved one does not forgive and does not forget. Since the driver remains free there is nothing stopping me from claiming his soul early. One less careless driver on Earth should match the loss of Amelie.

  • Jessie Jewitt

    Let my beautiful daughter not be forgotten on this anniversary of her death. Please communicate to readers to find justice for Amelie in loving the children of Haiti:
    “Have a great day!” – Amelie