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UPDATE: Cyclist Killed in Tenderloin Collision


A cyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle early Tuesday evening, near the corner of Turk and Taylor streets. Sergeant Michael Andraychak of SFPD tells SF Weekly that the incident occurred at approximately 5:44 p.m.

“Officers responded to a traffic collision at Turk and Taylor involving a vehicle and bicyclist,” Andraychak says. “The bicyclist was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to the injuries. The driver of the involved vehicle is in police custody.”

The victim — who was biking north on Taylor when he was hit by a driver going west on Turk — was identified Wednesday morning by the Medical Examiner’s Office as 65-year-old San Francisco resident Gregory Blackman.

The driver, 41-year-old Michael Smith, allegedly fled the scene in his silver BMW after the collision but was quickly detained by SFPD. He was taken into custody and booked on charges of DUI causing injury or death, vehicular manslaughter, and hit and run. He’s being held on $750,000 bail.

Update, 8/16: The District Attorney’s office confirmed with SF Weekly Thursday that the suspect will be charged with murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition released a statement Wednesday morning citing the fact that both Taylor and Turk streets are known Vision Zero high injury corridors — or, the 13 percent of S.F. streets where 71 percent of severe and fatal collisions occur.

“The latest public data shows that every single street in the Tenderloin is part of our city’s high-injury network. One-way streets like those found throughout the Tenderloin encourage speeding and put the lives of people walking and biking in danger every day,” the Coalition said in a statement.

“No one deserves to die simply because of where they live and how they get around,” said SFBC Executive Director Brian Wiedenmeier. “As a city, we owe it to people who live and bike in the Tenderloin to do more, faster to reverse a history of traffic violence.”

This is the second cyclist fatality to occur in S.F. this year; Kevin Manning, 66, was hit by a driver while he drove a pedicab down Embarcader on June 27. The driver fled the scene and has not been apprehended. Manning passed away from his injuries on July 9.

This is a breaking news story. Stay tuned for updates.

Nuala Sawyer

Nuala Sawyer is the News Editor at SF Weekly. You can reach her at (415)-359-2644 or nsawyer@sfweekly.com. Follow her on Twitter at @TheBestNuala.

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