Investigators looking into a collision that killed a 24-year-old bicyclist in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood have obtained surveillance footage of the incident, a police spokesman said today.
The footage, apparently found with the assistance of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, is of the crash that killed Amelie Le Moullac at Folsom and Sixth streets on the morning of Aug. 14.
Le Moullac, a San Francisco resident who worked at local marketing firm Voce Communications, was fatally struck by a truck making a right-hand turn at the intersection around 7 a.m.
The truck driver was not cited in the crash, which remains under investigation, police said.
San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said this afternoon that investigators are now reviewing the new surveillance footage of the crash.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition issued a statement this afternoon saying they discovered the existence of the footage during an outreach event promoting bike safety held at the site of the crash on Wednesday, a week after Le Moullac’s death.
The statement said a coalition member on Wednesday checked in with businesses near the intersection to see if they had surveillance footage that may have captured the incident.
An employee at one business said they had video that police had not asked to review. After looking through the tapes, the employee said the crash was caught on film.
Bicycle Coalition staff contacted city officials and were able to pass along the footage to police and lawyers from Le Moullac’s family, according to the coalition.
The statement said the coalition was disappointed that police were not thoroughly investigating the crash.
They also noted that their organization’s staff was able to find more information just by talking to local businesses—just in the nick of time.
According to the coalition, surveillance footage from the nearby business is usually recorded over after a week, and the footage was requested exactly one week after the incident and was close to being lost forever.
“We are deeply troubled by the discovery that the police have not fully investigated this crash,” the coalition said in the statement today.
Esparza said he could not disclose how police obtained the footage as part of the investigation.
A memorial service for Le Moullac was held Thursday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto.
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News