Critical Pedestrian Injury Follows Halloween Collision Death

In just two days, drivers fatally struck one pedestrian and left another with a brain injury.

Two pedestrians were critically and fatally harmed by drivers in recent days, ending a brief hiatus from high-profile collisions.

Pilsoo Seong died on Thursday afternoon after being hit by a truck driver on 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Police responded to the Mission District around 3:25 p.m. and Seong was taken to the hospital, where the San Francisco resident died.

She was 69 years old. Seong’s death mark’s the 16th person killed while walking or biking in San Francisco this year, according to pedestrian advocacy group Walk San Francisco.

Seong’s death would also be the 25th person to die in a traffic-related incident in San Francisco so far this year, by SF Weekly’s own count.

The Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday night on whether to declare a state of emergency in San Francisco regarding pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. The number of such fatalities has come under greater scrutiny this year as it is on pace to exceed last year’s total.

The deadly collision took place on a street that’s part of the high-injury network — the 13 percent of city streets that account for 75 percent of collisions.

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and friends,” said Walk San Francisco Executive Director Jodie Medeiros in a statement. “We have a crisis on our streets with traffic safety. Lives are being lost all too frequently, and devastating families and our communities.”

On Saturday, another pedestrian was struck in a dangerous collision roughly one mile away. The driver of a sedan hit a man in a crosswalk on 16th and De Haro streets in Potrero Hill around 8:48 a.m. The man, who police estimated to be in his 60s, was taken to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury.

He remains in critical condition.

Both pedestrians hit are in their 60s, which falls in line with the disproportionate impact of collisions on seniors. But 2019 is on track to top 2018’s Vision Zero death count of 23 people, causing louder cries for speedy action on safety improvements.

“For the sake of everyone who walks and bikes, for everyone of every age and ability, we need fundamental changes to our streets now,” Medeiros said. “These are our neighbors, our loved ones, our community members.”

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