An 84-year-old woman who was hit by a car in Upper Haight on Jan. 1, 2019 succumbed to her injuries, in what is believed to be the first fatal traffic collision of 2019. As of Friday afternoon, details were still slim; the news was first announced by the city of San Francisco in a tweet, but SFPD has little information on the case.
We are saddened to share that a senior pedestrian was hit and killed on January 1, 2019 in Haight-Ashbury. We’re heartbroken to learn about this tragic loss of life. This is a time to strengthen our commitment to safer streets and to Vision Zero in San Francisco.
— Vision Zero SF (@VisionZeroSF) January 11, 2019
Officer Joseph Tomlison said the incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day at Haight and Stanyan streets. The driver stayed on the scene, and the victim was transported to the hospital, where she later died.
The Medical Examiner’s office confirmed with SF Weekly that the victim was 84-year-old Lucy Morales, and that she was a San Francisco resident.
Her death is an unfortunate reminder of an uncomfortable trend; as we’ve mentioned before, seniors are disproportionately victims of serious and fatal traffic collisions in the city.