In January, politicians patted themselves on the back for the low numbers of traffic-related deaths in 2017. This year, though, is off to a rocky start.
A driver hit a pedestrian for the third time this week, this time near Fisherman’s Wharf on Wednesday. The 82-year-old man was hit around 6:55 p.m. while walking on Mason and Northpoint streets in North Beach, according to police.
He was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Wednesday’s crash was the third in one week to severely injure or kill pedestrians. On Tuesday, another driver hit a 25-year-old woman on Fifth and Harrison streets and left her with life-threatening injuries.
And on Sunday, a driver fatally struck a 46-year-old Italian woman, also in SoMa.
By SF Weekly‘s count, there are four Vision Zero deaths of 2018. There were three deaths by this time last year.
Wednesday’s crash also speaks to the issue of traffic collisions disproportionately affecting senior pedestrians. (A 66-year-old was fatally struck by a driver on Feb. 24. near Crocker-Amazon.)
As SF Weekly previously reported, seniors accounted for 44 percent of traffic deaths in 2016 while making up 15 percent of the city’s population.
Though no pedestrian was involved, another crash occurred early Thursday morning. A driver lost control at 12:18 a.m. and crashed the vehicle into a parking garage on 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra near San Francisco State University, according to police.
The 20-year-old man was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.