A pedestrian was killed by a driver at Fifth and Market Saturday night. Early reports state she was hit by a taxi driver, and died at the scene. She appears from early reports to have been a senior Asian woman, though the San Francisco Police Department is not yet confirming her race or age.
Update, Aug. 11: The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as 79-year-old Hui Jun Yang of San Francisco.
“At approximately 8:50 p.m. we responded to Fifth and Market streets regarding a vehicle collision,” SFPD spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca told SF Weekly at 10 p.m. Saturday night. “At the scene we located an adult female that was struck by a vehicle in the street. We immediately summoned medics to the scene. Unfortunately the pedestrian expired on scene and was declared deceased. The driver and the vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with our investigation. Drugs or alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision. Traffic will be closed for at least a couple of hours while we conduct our investigation.”
“We are devastated and furious,” tweeted District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney, who is on the scene. “Too many cars. Too fast. Too many turns. It’s fucking infuriating and deadly.”
This is the second fatal collision between a pedestrian and a driver to occur in less than a month in the area. In the early hours of July 18, Michael Evans was hit by a truck driver as he used a walker at Mason and Eddy streets. He was dragged several blocks before eventually landing in the middle of Fifth and Market streets. The incident shut down traffic in both directions along Market Street for several hours.
By SF Weekly’s count, this is the 22nd fatality to occur on San Francisco streets thus far in 2019. It comes mere weeks after safe street advocates called on the city to declare a “state of emergency” over the high number of serious and fatal traffic collisions to occur citywide this year.
This article has been updated to reflect SFMTA’s latest Vision Zero count.