The 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