The San Francisco medical examiner’s office has identified Scott Whitsett as the 49-year-old man who died after being run over by a Muni bus downtown this morning.
At about 11 a.m., police received reports of an accident involving a San Francisco Municipal Railway 14-Mission bus, a 14-Mission Limited bus, and a pedestrian.
Police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said the San Francisco man was walking in a lane of traffic on Mission Street when he apparently got pinned between the two buses and then run over by one of them.
Emergency responders had to crawl under the bus to access Whitsett. Crews lifted the bus, and Whitsett was quickly extricated and taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:46 a.m., Tomioka said.
Mission Street was blocked between Beale and Main streets for about two and a half hours due to the investigation into the incident. The road reopened at 1:33 p.m., she said.
Some witnesses initially reported that the victim was a bicyclist, but no bike was found at the scene, Tomioka said.
Video of the crash taken from the Muni buses is being withheld pending further investigation, according to Tomioka.
The drivers of both Muni buses have been placed on non-driving status and tested for drugs and alcohol, per normal procedure, according to Muni spokesman Murray Bond.
Muni service was back to normal this afternoon after being rerouted for a few hours after the incident, Bond said.