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police-light-bar1.jpgA cyclist was killed in a collision with a delivery truck at Mission and Fremont at 8:04 this morning, SFPD has confirmed.

A tipster happened on the scene, telling the Appeal by text message that the truck’s “windshield was smashed…blood was on the ground.”

Paramedics were performing CPR on the unconscious victim, the tipster reported. According to SFPD spokesperson Albie Esparza, the bicyclist was eventually pronounced dead.

The driver of the truck did remain at the scene, Esparza said. He did not have any additional details on the victim (KTVU broadcast is reporting that the cyclist was a woman) or the circumstances of the accident.

10:10 AM: Esparza just sent a correction to media, saying that “The victim’s status is currently life threatening at the hospital. Earlier we reported the victim was deceased. Our apologies for the misinformation. It is important that we correct the status.”

11 AM (Bay City News): A female bicyclist in her 20s suffered life-threatening injuries this morning in a collision with a Berkeley Farms food distribution truck at Mission and Fremont streets in San Francisco, police said.

The woman was headed east on Mission Street and was hit by the westbound truck as she turned left onto Fremont Street just after 8 a.m., police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Both the truck driver and the bicyclist had a green light, but the bicyclist was making an illegal left turn, Dangerfield said.

Signs posted at that intersection only permit left turns for taxis and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency buses.

The woman, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a serious head injury along with injuries to her body and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, he said.

Police have obtained footage of the accident from a video camera at a nearby business, Dangerfield said.

The driver of the truck, owned by the Newark-based company Sunrise Food Distributors Inc., cooperated with investigators, and drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the collision, he said.

Dangerfield said he estimates that the intersection would be closed until at least 11 a.m.

He said the collision should serve as a warning for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

“Everyone has to share the roadway and be cautious,” Dangerfield said.

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  • BenB

    Maybe I’m just paying attention more, but it seems like there have been far more pedestrian and bicycle deaths this year than in previous years. The trend should be going in the other direction, and I sincerely hope city officials are planning infrastructure improvements to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

    San Francisco needs to earn that new title of 2nd most walkable city in the United States!

    –Ben

  • BenB

    Maybe I’m just paying attention more, but it seems like there have been far more pedestrian and bicycle deaths this year than in previous years. The trend should be going in the other direction, and I sincerely hope city officials are planning infrastructure improvements to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

    San Francisco needs to earn that new title of 2nd most walkable city in the United States!

    –Ben

  • Jimbo

    Unfortunately, no amount of infrastructure improvements will reduce injuries caused by making illegal left-hand turns, as this cyclist was reported to have done.

  • Jimbo

    Unfortunately, no amount of infrastructure improvements will reduce injuries caused by making illegal left-hand turns, as this cyclist was reported to have done.

  • pchas

    While not wearing a helmet.

  • pchas

    While not wearing a helmet.

  • fairandbalanced

    BenB, more cyclist deaths certainly. Comparable amount of pedestrian deaths. There are more people riding bikes and, while the rate of death is lower, the sheer number is higher.

  • fairandbalanced

    BenB, more cyclist deaths certainly. Comparable amount of pedestrian deaths. There are more people riding bikes and, while the rate of death is lower, the sheer number is higher.