12:02 PM (BCN): A 56-year-old San Francisco man was hospitalized early this morning after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in the city’s North Beach neighborhood, police said.

The man was trying to cross Columbus Avenue near Grant Avenue at about 1:10 a.m. when he was hit by a Toyota Land Cruiser, police spokesman Sgt. Wilfred Williams said.

The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk at the time, Williams said.

The man’s injuries were described as life-threatening. He remains at San Francisco General Hospital.

Williams said the driver, a 33-year-old man who is not a San Francisco resident, stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

The man was cited for not having proof of insurance, Williams said.

11:24 AM: A pedestrian suffered life threatening injuries after being struck by a (per SFPD) “vehicle driving at high speed with lights out” on Columbus/Grant last night. Man! How many times have we all flashed our lights at a headlightless driver in that area. A lot, am I right? What do you think that’s about, the bright lights, the booze?

Not that we’re saying that the driver in this case was drinking! But, as he did remain at the scene, if he was, indeed, intoxicated, we’ll know soon. The SFPD also notes that the pedestrian in question was not in a crosswalk. Which, in an ideal world would not be a factor, but if this world were ideal I would not be writing this story right now, I’d be writing one about happy bunnies. Or, better yet, I’d still be in bed.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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