police-light-bar1.jpgA bicyclist struck a pedestrian at Embarcadero and Mission Street in San Francisco this morning, causing life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police were called to the scene of an accident at 8:33 a.m., police Officer Albie Esparza said.

Officers found a bicyclist had struck a woman in her 40s (3:40 PM: Police are now saying the woman is in her late 60s) who was crossing in the crosswalk, causing a life-threatening head injury. Preliminary information suggests the woman was crossing legally with the light, Esparza said.

The bicyclist remained at the scene and was being interviewed by investigators.

Esparza said the bicyclist would face the same potential legal repercussions as the driver of any car involved in a collision with a pedestrian, if they were found to be at fault.

“Every bicyclist in the city should be reminded each and every day that all the laws on the books apply to them too,” Esparza said. “They need to stop at every stop sign and every stop light.”

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

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  • tranimal00

    i can’t even recall how many close-calls i’ve had with bicyclists (while on foot) over the years i’ve lived in SF, there have been so many. it angers me that groups like “critical mass” and others will often complain about not getting equal rights/space on the road, but then turn around and disregard basic traffic safety laws themselves. it’s so frustrating and hypocritical.

    my heart goes out to the poor woman who was injured, and her family. I hope that she survives and that the bicyclist is punished appropriately if found guilty.

  • tranimal00

    i can’t even recall how many close-calls i’ve had with bicyclists (while on foot) over the years i’ve lived in SF, there have been so many. it angers me that groups like “critical mass” and others will often complain about not getting equal rights/space on the road, but then turn around and disregard basic traffic safety laws themselves. it’s so frustrating and hypocritical.

    my heart goes out to the poor woman who was injured, and her family. I hope that she survives and that the bicyclist is punished appropriately if found guilty.