Driver Strikes Woman Crossing California Street

A woman was struck and injured by a car in San Francisco’s Richmond District this afternoon, police and fire officials said.

The collision was reported at 3:23 p.m. in the 4800 block of California Street, which is near 10th Avenue, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The pedestrian, was conscious and alert following the collision, Talmadge said.

According to SFPD Sgt. Eric O’Neal, the 67-year-old woman was transported to Sf General Hospital with injuries he described as life-threatening.

The driver of the car that struck her remained at the scene, police Officer Wilson Ng said.

Streets are blocked in the area, and service on San Francisco Municipal Railway’s 1-California bus line has been affected, Ng said.

The collision is the second in San Francisco today involving a pedestrian and one of several in recent weeks. There were 21 pedestrian deaths in the city last year, the most since 2007.

San Francisco city officials have made pedestrian safety a priority in the new year.

Multiple agencies have held hearings on the issue and adopted “Vision Zero,” a list of policies recommended by pedestrian and bicyclist advocates who aim to eliminate traffic deaths in San Francisco over the next several years.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said Wednesday that his department has also stepped up enforcement on city streets. He said traffic citations in January were up 43 percent compared to a year ago.

Eve Batey contributed to this report from Dan McMenamin of Bay City News

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