San Francisco

Pedestrian in life-threatening condition after Van Ness & Turk hit-and-run

A 36-year-old woman was critically injured on Saturday morning, around 2 a.m., after a driver struck her in the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Turk Street, before fleeing the scene.

Police said Monday morning that the woman was crossing the street against a red light when the driver hit her. She was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver who fled the scene was driving an SUV, police said. No further description of the vehicle was available. The city's Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024, identifies the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Turk Street as a high-injury corridor.

Van Ness Avenue is currently also part of major infrastructure work, the Van Ness Improvement Project. The city is installing a Bus Rapid Transit system along the corridor. Utility maintenance, civic improvements, and safety enhancements are taking place at the same time, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Saturday's crash comes after 39-year-old Clovis resident Benjamin Dean died, and his wife was critically injured while walking in the crosswalk at Taylor and O'Farrell streets in the Tenderloin earlier this month.

Another pedestrian was killed this month while walking in the Tenderloin. He died after the driver of a semi-tractor pulling a flatbed trailer hit him at Eddy and Mason streets and dragged him for two blocks.

Those collisions followed the death of 66-year-old Mark Swink, who was struck and killed by a Golden Gate Transit bus driver while in the crosswalk at the intersection of Hyde Street and Golden Gate Avenue in May. 58-year-old Janice Higashi was also killed in the Tenderloin this year when she was crossing the street at Leavenworth Street near Golden Gate Avenue at the beginning of March.

"We see this crash as part of an alarming trend in San Francisco," Walk San Francisco representatives said in a statement earlier this month.


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