Pedestrian Struck on Lombard Latest to Face Life-Threatening Injuries

At least four other pedestrians were struck by drivers in one week.

A 40-year-old pedestrian is in critical condition after a driver struck him on Saturday in the Marina, police said Tuesday.

The driver struck the 40-year-old man at Lombard and Steiner streets, a block from Fillmore Street and near the Fort Mason Center, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The driver remained at the scene and the pedestrian was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police closed down the area for an extended time.

Police did not have an update on the pedestrian’s condition as of Tuesday afternoon. He joins at least four other pedestrians hit in the same week.

On Feb. 12 around 4:20 p.m., the driver of a burgundy Toyota Pruis struck two pedestrians on Mission and 23rd streets. They continued to drive onto the sidewalk and struck a Muni bus, including another pedestrian exiting the bus. The 62-year-old driver, suspected of impairment, and passenger fled but later returned and was detained, according to police.

All three pedestrians — a 49-year-old man, a 33-year-old man, and a 69-year-old woman — were transported to the hospital, two for life-threatening injuries. The bus driver was evaluated for injuries and released at the scene.

Another three days earlier, the morning of Feb. 9, a 57-year-old driver struck a man in his 20s at 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Walk SF, a traffic safety advocacy group, drew attention to the intersection that combines two streets in the city’s high-injury corridor network.

“The intersection where he was hit is notoriously dangerous with fast-moving traffic,” said Walk SF Executive Director Jodie Medeiros in a statement last week. “It’s right in the middle of where a 65 MPH highway transitions into a neighborhood street with thousands of students attending San Francisco State University.”

The city adopted a Vision Zero goal in 2014 to bring the number of traffic-related fatalities and injuries down to zero within a decade. In 2019, there were an estimated 29 traffic-related fatalities. Since 2006, there have not been fewer than 20 traffic-related deaths in a year.

The Department of Public Health confirmed one Vision Zero fatality in 2020 of motorcyclist DeCarlis Wilson on Jan. 26 at Mission and 14th Street. Three other traffic fatalities are pending investigation.

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