79-year-old woman dies after being hit by driver at 5th & Market

Photo: Matt Haney/Twitter
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on August 12, 2019.

On Saturday evening at approximately 8:50 p.m., a 79-year-old female pedestrian was killed after being struck by a driver while walking at Fifth and Market streets. 

According to the Chronicle, the woman has been identified as Hui Jun Yang of San Francisco.

Though police immediately summoned medics to the scene, the woman was declared dead on arrival, SFPD spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca told Hoodline.

"The driver and the vehicle remained on scene, and [the driver] is cooperating with our investigation," he said, adding that drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The intersection of Fifth and Market streets has been identified as a high-injury corridor under the city's Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024.

Less than a month ago, on July 18, Michael Evans, 50, was killed in a hit-and-run collision at the same intersection, after being dragged for two blocks by the driver of a semi-tractor pulling a flatbed trailer.

Evans and Yang's deaths have galvanized pedestrian and cyclist advocates, who have already been calling for the declaration of a state of emergency around an increase in deaths.

According to month-old city data, 21 traffic fatalities have occurred in San Francisco since the start of 2019; SF Weekly's current unofficial count is at 23. By comparison, San Francisco saw 23 total traffic fatalities in 2018, and 21 in 2017. 

"Another pedestrian fatality ... Too many cars. Too fast. Too many turns." District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney wrote on Twitter, adding that he is devastated and furious.

“Why do known dangerous streets like Market Street, where a half-million people walk each day, continue to be so dangerous?" asked Jodie Medeiros, executive director of Walk San Francisco, in a statement released after the collision. "The City is failing all of us."

"For the sake of everyone who walks and bikes, for everyone of every age and ability, we need fundamental changes to our streets now," Medeiros said.

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