muni_generic.jpgThe widow of a Bay Area journalist struck and killed by a San Francisco Municipal Railway vehicle in 2009 will receive $900,000 in a wrongful death settlement.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors, in a closed session meeting this evening, approved the settlement for Daryl Brand, widow of Oakland Tribune reporter William Brand.

A lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court against the agency on March 16, 2010, following Brand’s death on Feb. 20, 2009.

Brand, 70, was struck by an inbound N-Judah light-rail vehicle at the intersection of Second and King streets on Feb. 8, 2009, around 9 p.m.

The suit alleges the Muni vehicle operator Anthony Harge thought Brand was stopping and continued driving, striking Brand and sending him into a light pole.

He died two weeks later after falling into a coma.

A Tribune reporter for 27 years, Brand retired from his fulltime position in 2008 but was writing a beer column at the time of his death.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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