Nearly two weeks after a hit-and-run, a pedicab driver has succumbed to his injuries.
Kevin Manning, 66, died Monday night after fighting to recover from a June 27 hit-and-run. Since fleeing the scene at Sansome and Embarcadero streets around 4:15 p.m., the driver has remained at large.
A GoFundMe has raised more than $29,000, which was originally intended to help Manning and his family get back on his feet “and eventually, back on three wheels.” He had pedaled for Cabrio Taxi for six years, according to the fundraiser.
“He is a father, a grandfather, a patent-holding innovator, and an essential member of our community,” Colin Sanders wrote on the GoFundMe page. “The San Francisco pedicab community is devastated by news of the event.”
Police are searching for the driver of a gold or champagne-colored Honda Civic, which reportedly swerved through traffic while going south on The Embarcadero. The impact caused Manning’s pedicab, carrying a mother and her 5-year-old daughter, to hit a second pedicab carrying a father and his 8-year-old son.
The driver of the second pedicab was not injured, but the four passengers, who made up a family of Canadian tourists, were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Plans to install protected bike lanes along the high-injury corridor of the Embarcadero have been long delayed, as the Examiner reported in the aftermath of the crash. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition called on city officials to set up temporary safety measures and permanent barriers within three years.
“This crash and Kevin’s death were entirely preventable,” the Coalition said in a statement. “The SFMTA and Port of San Francisco must act urgently in order to prevent further deaths of San Franciscans simply trying to earn a living, commute, and see their friends and family.”
Police ask that anyone with information contact the tip line at 415-575-444 or text ‘SFPD’ to TIP411 to send information.