Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in SoMa Suffers Severe Head Injuries

A 60-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle while walking beneath a U.S. Highway 101 overpass in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on Monday afternoon suffered severe head injuries, a police spokeswoman said today.

The pedestrian was struck shortly after 4:45 p.m. Monday at the busy intersection where Bryant, 11th, 13th and Division streets all converge, according to San Francisco police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan.

She said the collision occurred close to 13th and Bryant streets and that the driver of the vehicle who struck the pedestrian remained at the scene.

The pedestrian was rendered unconscious during the collision, but was still breathing when emergency crews arrived, according to Gatpandan.

Gatpandan said the pedestrian was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation, Gatpandan said.

This intersection is also the site of a 2013 fatal collision in which a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus struck and killed 78-year-old bicyclist Cheng Jin Lai.

Lai was struck the morning of Oct. 18, 2013 while biking near the intersection of Bryant and 11th streets.

Following Lai’s death, family members and cycling advocates called on the city to do more to ensure bicyclists’ safety, particularly on streets in the South of Market neighborhood.

Mark Fong, an attorney for Lai’s family, said in a statement following Lai’s death that the collision that killed him was not an isolated incident, but part of an epidemic of traffic-related injuries and deaths.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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