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Third person in SF bus stop crash dies at hospital, police say

A third person in Saturday’s bus stop crash in San Francisco has died, police said Sunday.

The victim, an adult woman, died from her injuries at the hospital, said San Francisco police spokesperson Eve Laokwansathitaya. With the victim’s death, the collision has now resulted in a total of three deaths and two injuries.

Laokwansathitaya added that one of those two is an infant and is still suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Four people were in the bus stop at Ulloa Street and Lenox Way on Saturday afternoon outside the West Portal Branch Library when an eastbound car struck a bus shelter about 12:13 p.m., said Lt. Mariano Elias, a fire department spokesman.

Two people in the shelter were pronounced dead at the scene and three people were taken to the hospital, including the driver of the car.

“I’ve just visited the scene and it is heartbreaking,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in a social media post on Saturday. “We will share more information when we can, but now our focus is on the victims and their families.”

Walk San Francisco, a pedestrian advocacy nonprofit, identified those killed on Saturday as a man and a toddler.

“This is one of the worst pedestrian tragedies to ever occur on San Francisco streets,” Jodie Medeiros, executive director of the organization, said in a statement.

Walk San Francisco will hold a vigil for the victims at the crash site at 5 p.m. Monday, she said.

West Portal Avenue is a major commercial corridor with significant foot traffic and the K and M Muni rail lines running on the surface, according to Walk San Francisco.

“It’s time to fundamentally rethink areas like where this crash occurred, where thousands of people walk and cross and wait every day,” Medeiros said.

San Francisco police said an investigating is ongoing, but they do not believe that traffic engineering was a factor in the collision.

The victims of Saturday’s crash were the city’s fifth and sixth pedestrian deaths this year, Walk San Francisco said. Sunday’s death brings that number to seven.

That figure is more than double what it was at the same time last year, according to pedestrian advocates. In 2023, 17 people were killed while walking in San Francisco, the organization said.

The San Francisco Police Department’s Traffic Unit is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 415-575-4444.

Bay City News contributed to this report.


Source: NBC Bay Area

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