Jose Jiminez Accused of Killing Pedestrian on Masonic Avenue; Will the Street Ever be Safe?

An alleged drunk driver killed a pedestrian on Masonic Avenue early Friday morning — a week before the city held its scheduled hearing to discuss how to make the highly traveled street safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

The residential thoroughfare is unquestionably deadly. Three weeks ago, on the very same street, I witnessed a speeding driver blow through a red light, hitting a pedestrian. And nine months ago, a driver killed 21-year-old cyclist Nils Linke in a hit-and-run. Linke had been visiting from Germany.

“It's a wide, fast street that encourages speeding, and it's ultimately deadly for pedestrians,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk San Francisco. The man killed last night was in the crosswalk.

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