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Pedestrian in critical condition after collision at busy Merced Heights intersection

A pedestrian is in life-threatening condition after being struck by a driver while walking at 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, around 3:15 a.m. The victim, a 22-year-old man, was struck by a 37-year-old man traveling southbound on 19th Avenue in a red Toyota Prius. 

The pedestrian was transported to the San Francisco General Hospital in life-threatening condition, police said Sunday. The driver remained at the scene to cooperate with the police, and was not arrested. 

“The intersection where [the pedestrian] was hit is notoriously dangerous, with fast-moving traffic,” said Jodie Medeiros, executive director of pedestrian advocacy organization Walk San Francisco. "It’s right in the middle of where a 65 mph highway transitions into a neighborhood street, where thousands of students attend San Francisco State University."

SFPD's investigation unit for traffic collisions is investigating the case, officials said. The intersection has been identified as a high-injury corridor under the city's Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in San Francisco by 2024.


Anyone with information is asked to all the SFPD 24 Hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

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