Hit-and-Run Kills Woman Near Excelsior Safeway

The latest traffic-related death comes as SFMTA announces a new director.

A suspected hit-and-run killed a woman in the Excelsior Wednesday morning, police said.

Police responded to a woman in the roadway at the 5000 block of Mission Street, just feet away from the neighborhood Safeway, around 2:50 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene and her identity has not yet been released by the medical examiner.

An SUV left the scene, leading police to investigate it as a hit-and-run, according to SFPD spokesperson Officer Adam Lobsinger. But it’s unclear if the woman was a pedestrian or in a car herself.

“The events leading up to it is what we’re trying to investigate,” Lobsinger said. “Right now, we do believe it was a hit-and-run type of collision.”

Should it fall under a Vision Zero death, it would mark the 27th traffic-related death in San Francisco by SF Weekly‘s count. This year has surpassed 2018’s total of 23 deaths, marking a huge setback for traffic safety goals under Vision Zero.

Jesus Ocampo, a pedestrian, was the most recent to die after being hit on Nov. 2 that led to a days-long battle with a traumatic brain injury. He was 77 years old.

Just two days before Ocampo was hit, a driver hit and killed 69-year-old Pilsoo Seong in the Mission District.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution last week declaring a state of emergency over pedestrian and cyclists deaths. It calls on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to prioritize street safety improvements. It does not force the transit agency to enact them but does build on pressure to act faster.

SFMTA has been implementing “quick build” projects in 2019 to fast-track 15 projects by the end of next year.

The hit-and-run comes the same day Mayor London Breed announced the new and much-anticipated director of the agency, Jeffrey Tumlin. Starting in December, the regarded transportation expert will contend with street safety, Muni operator shortages, and maintenance setbacks.

“Jeffrey Tumlin is exactly the type of forward thinking, results oriented leader that the SFMTA needs and I am excited to announce his new role as Director of Transportation,” Breed said in a statement. “I believe Jeffrey is the right person to improve our public transportation, continue making our streets safer, and ensure that our approach is equitable and serves all of our residents across San Francisco.”

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