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Vision Zero Failed This Weekend - By Nuala Sawyer - May 1, 2017 - SF Weekly
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Vision Zero Failed This Weekend

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It was a beautiful weekend, with sunshine, flowers, and friends aplenty. But the draw of warm weather meant more people were out and about — driving, walking, and biking. During the weekend, three people were killed in collisions with vehicles on San Francisco’s streets.

The first fatality occurred on Friday morning, when Gashaw Clark, 25, collided with a vehicle at Third Street and Mission Bay Boulevard — a large intersection right near UCSF. According to the San Francisco Police Department, the collision occurred at 11:30 p.m. The victim was transported to the hospital for his injuries, but they were too severe for him to survive.

The second victim of the weekend was a Meda Hacopian, 77, who was crossing Lake Merced Boulevard near Font Boulevard at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Two vehicles were driving southbound on Lake Merced Boulevard, when a 56-year-old Millbrae resident behind the wheel of a Dodge pickup truck swerved around to pass the other, hitting Hacopian. The driver remained to talk to police. The victim apparently succumbed to her injuries at the scene. 

And early this morning, shortly after 3:30 a.m., Thor Thomas, 56, was hit and killed at one of the city’s deadliest intersection — Market and Octavia streets. KRON 4 reports that a car spun out of control before hitting the pedestrian. Thomas was in a crosswalk at the time. 

The three deaths are unwelcome tragic news for the city, which has been struggling to improve its streets in an attempt to reduce traffic-related fatalities to zero by 2024

This story will be updated as more information on the victims becomes available.