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San Rafael Man Allegedly Tries To Block Golden Gate Bridge With U-Haul, Takes Off On Bike

A San Rafael man driving a U-Haul truck and trailer allegedly stopped his vehicle on the Golden Gate Bridge this afternoon, blocking several lanes, and then attempted to escape on his bicycle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 38-year-old man stopped the 25-foot U-Haul truck towing a 15-foot trailer on northbound U.S. Highway 101 just north of the toll plaza around 3:20 p.m., CHP spokesman Andrew Barclay said.

As the driver moved out on to the bridge he steered sharply to the left and blocked all three northbound lanes, Barclay said.

He then jumped out of the truck, took a bicycle out of the cargo area, and then jumped on to the east sidewalk and began riding north, Barclay said.

He was seen throwing the keys for the truck off the bridge into the water as he rode, Barclay said.

CHP and Golden Gate Bridge Patrol officers checked the truck and determined that the cargo area and cab were both completely empty. Once they found the truck was safe, it was towed away.

All lanes were cleared within around 10 minutes, Barclay said.

Offices located the driver near the south end of the bridge and detained him after a brief struggle. He was placed on a 72-hour hold pending a mental health evaluation, and an investigation into possible criminal charges is in progress, Barclay said.

Cops Write 126 Tickets For SF Traffic Violations During Crackdown

San Francisco police joined forces with the California Highway Patrol Wednesday to crack down on traffic violations on two busy traffic corridors, issuing 126 citations during commute hours.

The crackdown targeted Van Ness Avenue between Market and Geary streets between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. for the afternoon commute.

Between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. there was also extra enforcement on Folsom and Essex streets near the entrance to Interstate Highway 80.

During the operation, police issued 89 citations, while the CHP gave out 37. The violations included infractions for using cellphones and texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors.

Other violations included failing to obey stop signs and traffic signals or yield to pedestrians, and seat belt and suspended license infractions.

The operation is part of the city’s goal of zero traffic deaths by 2024, a plan the city has dubbed “Vision Zero.”

Already this year there have been four pedestrian fatalities on Van Ness Avenue. There have been seven such deaths throughout the city.

Even as police were busy with the increased enforcement operation in one part of San Francisco Wednesday morning, a man believed to be 36 years old was struck by a car driven by a 20-year-old woman at 20th Avenue and Wawona Street.

The incident, reported at 7:37 a.m., sent the man to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening head injuries, police said.

The driver, who hit the man as he was walking on 20th Avenue, remained at the scene.

The man remains at the hospital this morning in critical condition.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which police said is a reminder for all pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists and others on the road to be safe.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

Bay Bridge Traffic Snarled Wednesday Night For Emergency Pothole Repairs

All eastbound lanes on Interstate Highway 80 are now open on the Bay Bridge this evening following emergency pothole repairs, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Three eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes on the western span of the bridge were closed after a large pothole was discovered this evening, according to Caltrans spokesman Andrew Gordon.

The pothole, which is around two feet long and half a foot wide, opened up somewhere in the late afternoon or early evening, Gordon said.

The emergency repairs were necessary because it is big enough to cause problems for motorcycles, Gordon said.
The emergency closure was reported just after 7 p.m.

Gordon did not know the cause of the pothole.

Traffic coming out of San Francisco remains heavy, according to the CHP.

Three Car Crash Snarls Eastbound Bay Bridge Traffic

Eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge have reopened after they were blocked by a collision this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The three-vehicle collision between a red pickup truck, a silver sedan and another vehicle was reported at 7:39 a.m. near Treasure Island, CHP officials said.

Three eastbound lanes were initially blocked. Two lanes reopened as of 8:24 a.m. and one lane will remain closed because of a previously planned Caltrans closure, according to the CHP.

An ambulance was called because at least one person involved in the crash suffered minor injuries.

Minor Injuries After Rollover Crash On Eastbound 80

9:22 AM: A rollover crash blocked traffic on eastbound Interstate Highway 80 in San Francisco for about an hour this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred at about 7:10 a.m. just west of the Seventh Street off-ramp from eastbound Highway 80.

A vehicle overturned and at least one person suffered minor injuries, CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said.

The crash had blocked the two left eastbound lanes of the highway, but all lanes were reopened shortly after 8 a.m., Bartlett said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

8:06 AM: A crash involving an overturned vehicle on eastbound Interstate Highway 80 in San Francisco is snarling traffic this morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash occurred just west of the Seventh Street exit at about 7:10 a.m.

As of 7:30 a.m., the two left lanes of eastbound I-80 were blocked and the CHP had issued a Sig-alert, CHP Officer Mike Ferguson said.

He did not yet have information on whether anyone was injured.

Crash Sends Dump Truck Over Guardrail Near Third Street

A big-rig is hanging over a guardrail on U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco after a crash that involved at least two other vehicles this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision was reported at 7:57 a.m. on the right side of northbound Highway 101 near the Third Street off-ramp, CHP Officer Ron Simmons said.

A dump truck ended up partially over the highway guardrail, Simmons said.

Simmons said medical personnel responded to the scene but he did not know if anyone was injured.

The two left lanes of the highway are open in the area but the right lanes are closed and there was no estimate for when they would reopen, Simmons said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

As BART Slowly Resumes Service, Multiple Accidents Clog Bay Area Roads

BART service is slowly getting back to normal but many commuters still opted to drive to work this morning, and a series of crashes has slowed traffic to a crawl on many Bay Area roadways.

“Boy, there are a lot of accidents out there today,” Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodwin said.

A 6:45 a.m. motorcycle accident on the Bay Bridge’s westbound incline had traffic backed up for miles on several highways leading to the bridge.

Traffic was also snarled by crashes and stalls on the San Mateo Bridge and on northbound Interstate Highway 880, Goodwin said.

“Now that we look back on the couple days of the BART strike on Friday or Monday, we really need to thank our lucky stars that as many folks as were on the road, they weren’t colliding with each other,” he said.

Goodwin said that during the strike, commuters were leaving for work extra early. The metering lights at the Bay Bridge were activated at about 5:30 a.m., when typically they don’t go on until up to an hour later, he said.

Today, people are leaving later again, Goodwin said.

“Everybody’s on the road right now,” he said shortly before 8 a.m.

He said he expects the afternoon commute to be smoother.

Meanwhile, BART is back up and running but not at full capacity.

“We have about a dozen fewer trains than we would normally have right now,” BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

As of 8 a.m. there were delays of about 20 minutes.

“Things are improving as we move further into the morning,” he said.

BART officials had initially hoped to begin service at 4 a.m. today, but trains didn’t actually start running until 5:42 a.m., Allison said.

He said the problem was that BART was short-staffed because of the “short turnaround between the time the tentative agreement was reached and when we begin service.”

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 tweeted early this morning, “We don’t have enough people for BART service just yet but we’re working on it. Thank you for your patience.”

BART continued to provide charter buses from East Bay stations to San Francisco today, as it did during the strike. Allison said 90 buses picked up passengers at nine stations this morning.

Allison credited employees who work in BART’s operations center with getting the system going again, and asked for riders’ patience as things get back to normal.

“We’re really happy to be running trains again for them,” he said.

12-Year-Old Injured In Bayview Traffic Accident

A 12-year-old child was injured in a traffic accident in San Francisco’s Bayview District this afternoon, police said.

Officers responded to reports of an incident at Third Street and Gilman Avenue at about 1 p.m., San Francisco police Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

The victim has been taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for multiple injuries, police said.

An investigation is under way, she said.

San Francisco Streets, Bay Bridge, And Freeways Heavily Congested Due To BART Strike

5:45 PM: Bay Area freeways, especially those leading to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, saw an increase in traffic today on the first day of a BART strike, the California Department of Transportation reported today.

Bay Area traffic delays increased around 30 percent above normal between 5 and 10 a.m. today, according to Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus.

The largest increase was seen on Interstate Highway 80 in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Haus said.

Interstate highways 580 and 880 saw delays around twice as high as normal around 7 a.m., and the carpool lane on Interstate Highway 80 leading up to the Bay Bridge saw around 50 to 100 percent more traffic than a typical Friday, Haus said.

The backup is being felt in San Francisco, where city streets were heavily congested heading into the evening commute, especially at freeway entrances, according to a city transit official.

The Van Ness Avenue corridor is moving, but many other key intersections around the city are backed up congested, especially at freeway entrances, said Paul Rose, a spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

“The only thing you can do is be patient at this point,” Rose said.

Rose said Muni has not been heavily affected by the traffic backup because it has transit-only lanes in the most affected areas.

One driver reported that the Fifth Street and Second Street on-ramps to eastbound Highway 80 in San Francisco were already severely backed up by 4 p.m., with waits of more than 45 minutes.

Many cars were giving up and turning around, presumably in search of alternate routes, the driver said.
The California Highway Patrol is reporting heavy traffic on the Bay Bridge this evening, although other areas so far look relatively normal, a CHP officer said.

With many drivers seeking alternate routes due to the BART strike, however, the congestion is extending to other corridors, said Randy Rentschler, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Traffic today has been heavy on the Highway 880 corridor and on state highways 24 and 37, among other places, Rentschler noted.

“What’s happening now is [U.S. Highway] 101 in Marin is getting backed up because people are taking [Highway] 580, and 580 is backed up,” Rentschler said.

“So even though BART is far away, even though you don’t take it, people are coming in from out of town,” Rentschler said.

5:37 PM: San Francisco city streets are heavily congested heading into the evening commute, especially at freeway entrances, on the first day of the BART strike, according to a city transit official.

The Van Ness Avenue corridor is moving, but most other key intersections around the city are heavily congested, especially at freeway entrances, said Paul Rose, a spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

See all Appeal coverage Of BART’s second strike of 2013 here

“The only thing you can do is be patient at this point,” Rose said.

Rose said Muni has not been heavily affected by the traffic backup because it has transit-only lanes in the most affected areas.

One driver reported that the Fifth Street and Second Street on-ramps to eastbound Interstate Highway 80 in San Francisco were already severely backed up by 4 p.m., with waits of more than 45 minutes.

Many cars were giving up and turning around, presumably in search of alternate routes, the driver said.
The California Highway Patrol is reporting heavy traffic on the Bay Bridge this evening, although other areas so far look relatively normal, a CHP officer said.

With many drivers seeking alternate routes due to the BART strike, however, the congestion is extending to other corridors, said Randy Rentschler, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Traffic today has been heavy on the Interstate Highway 880 corridor and on state highways 24 and 37, among other places, Rentschler noted.

“What’s happening now is [U.S. Highway] 101 in Marin is getting backed up because people are taking [Interstate Highway] 580, and 580 is backed up,” Rentschler said.

“So even though BART is far away, even though you don’t take it, people are coming in from out of town,” Rentschler said.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

Multiple Crashes Snarl Traffic On 101

Multiple crashes on southbound U.S. Highway 101 have created a traffic nightmare for commuters heading out of San Francisco this morning.

Two separate crashes occurred on the highway in the area of Cesar Chavez Street at about 7 a.m.

One appears to have involved about eight vehicles and the other involved four, California Highway Patrol Officer Ron Simmons said.

Only minor injuries were reported, but southbound traffic has slowed to a crawl, Simmons said at about 7:25 a.m.

“Traffic’s backing up across the Bay Bridge right now,” he said.

He recommended that motorists use alternate routes such as Interstate Highway 280 or city streets.

Allegedly Reckless Driver Caused Crash That Killed Teen, Injured Six Others

2:17 PM: A high-speed crash in San Francisco’s Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood this morning left a teenage boy dead, his mother and sister in critical condition and four others injured, according to police.

The crash was reported around 6:55 a.m. at Pine and Gough streets.

San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said a woman in her 60s or 70s was driving recklessly in the area, went through several stoplights and was picking up speed on Pine Street when she rear-ended a minivan occupied by a mother and her teenage son and daughter.

A bystander at the scene who is a nurse jumped in to render aid to the victims, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

The teenage boy, who is 16 or 17 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene while the mother and daughter were taken to a hospital with injuries that are considered life-threatening.

The crash caused the van to collide with a catering truck, injuring three people inside the truck. They were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Newman said.

The woman who rear-ended the van was also transported to a hospital to be treated for an injury that is not considered life-threatening, Newman said.

The sergeant said the intersection of Pine and Gough was shut down after the crash and “will be closed for quite some time.”

Laura Dixon/Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

9:27 AM: A high-speed crash in San Francisco’s Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood this morning left a teenage boy dead and his mother and sister in critical condition, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The crash was reported around 6:55 a.m. at Pine and Gough streets.

San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said a woman in her 60s or 70s was driving recklessly in the area, drove through multiple stoplights and was picking up speed on Pine Street when she rear-ended a minivan occupied by a mother and her teenage son and daughter.

The boy, who is 16 or 17 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene while the mother and daughter were taken to a hospital with injuries that are considered life-threatening, Talmadge said.

The crash caused the van to hit another car, injuring more people, authorities said.

The woman who rear-ended the van was not seriously injured, Talmadge said.

Police said the intersection of Pine and Gough was shut down after the crash and was expected to be closed for an extended period of time.

Laura Dixon/Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

7:25 AM: A crash in San Francisco’s Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood has left one person dead and two others critically injured, a police sergeant said.

The crash was reported around 6:55 a.m. at Pine and Gough streets and injured at least four people, according to a fire dispatcher.

Police Sgt. Danielle Newman said one of those people has died while two others suffered injuries that are considered life-threatening.

Newman said the intersection of Pine and Gough was shut down and is expected to be closed for an extended period of time.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Crash On 101 Blocks Traffic For Over An Hour

All lanes of U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco have reopened this morning after a crash blocked traffic for more than an hour, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported on southbound Highway 101, just north of Interstate Highway 80, at about 11:50 p.m. Friday, the CHP said.

The two left lanes of southbound Highway 101 were blocked in the accident, and one car reportedly leaked unknown fluids onto the roadway, according to the CHP.

A Sig-alert was issued at about 12:30 a.m. The roadway was cleared and the Sig-alert was lifted about a half hour later at 1 a.m.

No one was seriously hurt in the crash, according to the CHP.

Back To School: SFPD Making Sure You Follow That 15 MPH Speed Limit

It’s back to school time this week for San Francisco kids and the San Francisco police department will be on patrol around schools to keep them safe, police said.

Directed traffic patrol operations will be in effect near city schools on today and Tuesday, according to Sgt. Dennis Toomer.

Back-to-school traffic enforcement will focus on enforcing the 15 mph school zone speed limits between 7 and 9 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on both days, Toomer said.

Cyclist Killed By Semi Truck Was SOMA PR Agency Employee

A bicyclist who was struck and killed by a semi truck in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood Wednesday morning has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 24-year-old Amelie Le Moullac.

The San Francisco resident was struck at 7:07 a.m. at Sixth and Folsom streets by a truck making a turn at the intersection.

Le Moullac worked at Voce Communications, a PR agency located near the city’s South Park neighborhood, an employee there confirmed this morning.

The truck driver stopped and cooperated with investigators. The driver was not cited and the collision remains under investigation, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition issued a statement following the crash, calling it “yet another tragic reminder of what can happen when bikes and large trucks mix on our city’s high-speed corridors.”

The fatal collision is San Francisco’s third involving a bicyclist in 2013 and all three have also involved a large truck, according to the coalition, which called on the city to move forward with a redesign of Folsom Street.

“Folsom Street is one of the city’s few designated bike routes to downtown—yet it is still an intimidating street, with no separation between bike riders and fast-moving traffic,” the coalition’s statement said.

The coalition also called for all large trucks to be fitted with convex mirrors so drivers can more easily see bicyclists and pedestrians.

Photo of Le Moullac: Voce Communications Report: Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

SFPD Seeks Fleeing Driver Who Caused Serious Crash In SoMa

3:35 PM: San Francisco police are seeking a man who caused a serious crash after fleeing from a traffic stop in the city’s South of Market neighborhood early Saturday morning, a police spokesman said today.

The incident began at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday near Howard and Sixth streets, where officers tried to pull over a car for a vehicle code violation but it sped away, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The officers notified dispatch about the car but did not immediately pursue it as the vehicle went west on Howard Street, then south on Russ Street and east on Folsom Street, Esparza said.

Moments later, the officers heard a crash and went to Sixth and Folsom streets, where the vehicle had hit another car and knocked over a fire hydrant, police said.

A man in the other car had to be extricated by fire crews and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Witnesses told police that after the crash, the suspect ran east on Folsom Street toward Fifth Street and went into a 10-story building under construction.

Officers surrounded the building and searched the property but did not find the man. He was described as a Hispanic man between 20 and 25 years old who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs roughly 150 pounds and was wearing a dark plaid shirt and dark pants, Esparza said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

1:19 PM: Police are trying to locate a man who caused a serious crash after fleeing from a traffic stop in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood early Saturday morning, police said today.

Officers attempted to pull the car over for a vehicle code violation at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, according to police. Instead of stopping, the driver sped away.

The officers notified dispatch about the car but did not immediately pursue it, police said.

A short time later, the officers heard a crash and went to Sixth and Folsom streets, where the vehicle had struck another car and knocked over a fire hydrant, police said.

A man in the other car had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that are considered life-threatening, according to police.

Witnesses said the suspect, believed in his mid-20s, ran east on Folsom Street toward Fifth Street after the crash and entered a building under construction, police said.

Officers surrounded the building and searched it but did not find him, police said. He remained at large this morning.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Four Injured After Fleeing Driver Runs Hayes Street Stop Sign

A collision between two cars near San Francisco’s Alamo Square Park this afternoon sent four people to the hospital and one driver may be facing charges, police said.

The collision was reported at 3:40 p.m. at Hayes and Steiner streets, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Four injured victims were found at the scene, all with moderate to severe injuries, but none considered life-threatening, Esparza said.

They were all taken to a hospital.

Police said that an investigation indicates that one of the four victims had already been involved in a hit-and-run with a parked car at Hayes and Divisidero streets just before the crash.

She then continued driving on Hayes Street, where she ran a stop sign and collided with the other vehicle carrying the other three victims, Esparza said.

That driver may be facing charges of reckless driving, speeding and misdemeanor hit-and-run. All four victims remain hospitalized tonight, Esparza said.

Motorcyclist Hospitalized After Collision With Bus

8:15 AM: A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco this morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The collision, which happened at about 6 a.m. just north of the Silver Avenue exit, involved the motorcycle and a 36-passenger bus, CHP Officer Mark Ferguson said.

The motorcyclist was badly hurt and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, he said.

There were no passengers on the bus, and the driver was not injured, Ferguson said.

Several lanes were blocked as emergency crews responded, but the roadway was cleared shortly before 8 a.m.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

6:54 AM: A motorcycle collision is blocking the three left lanes of U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A Sig-alert was issued at about 6:25 a.m. for the collision on southbound U.S. Highway 101, near Silver Avenue.

The three left lanes of southbound U.S. Highway 101 are blocked and motorists are advised to avoid the area, according to the CHP.

The cause of the collision and the condition of the motorcyclist has not been released.

SFPD Loses Suspects During Portola Pursuit

A suspicious vehicle driving in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood led police on a brief chase before disappearing this afternoon, police said.

Officers first spotted the car around Alemany Boulevard and Ellsworth Street, near Interstate Highway 280, at about 4:30 p.m., Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

The driver took off when police tried to pull him over, and someone in the car may have thrown something from the window.

Police briefly pursued but called the chase off on nearby Silver Avenue for public safety concerns.

The occupants of the vehicle remain at large tonight, Manfredi said.

Proposal To Lower DUI Threshold Draws Mixed Reaction In Bay Area

A proposal released by the National Transportation Safety Board today to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit to .05 percent was met with mixed reaction in the Bay Area and nationwide.

The NTSB voted today to lower the limit for a drunken driving arrest from the current standard of .08 percent in an effort to reduce the approximately 10,000 DUI deaths annually.

In a report released today, the federal agency suggests the lower DUI threshold could save between 500 and 800 lives each year.

“Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable,” NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said. “Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented.”

The decision to impose a lower DUI limit would be up to each state. In California, the legal threshold was lowered from .10 to .08 percent in 1990, about seven years after Utah became the first state to adopt the lower limit.

Few groups in the Bay Area were eager to embrace today’s recommendation.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, gave the proposal a tepid endorsement.

Mary Klotzbach, MADD’s national public policy chairwoman and a Livermore resident, said the organization is “excited the NTSB is bringing publicity to the issue” of drunken driving but “supports what the law is currently.”

She said MADD is focusing their energy on its campaign to eliminate drunk driving completely rather than pushing for a lower blood-alcohol content level.

That campaign, which began in 2006, emphasizes the use of new technology such as the installation of ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders and greater police visibility in the form of DUI checkpoints and other safeguards.

“What we have is the campaign, and the campaign is working,” she said. “We’re staying focused on that.”
Bruce Kapsack, a Bay Area DUI attorney, said he doesn’t believe the NTSB’s proposal is backed by solid scientific evidence.

“Not everyone is impaired for driving at .05 percent,” he said.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, a woman weighing around 120 pounds can reach the proposed .05 percent blood-alcohol threshold after one drink. A man weighing up to 160 pounds would pass that level after two drinks.

Kapsack noted that during his two-decade career as a DUI attorney, he has not seen any cases where the responsible person had a blood-alcohol content level below .08 percent.

Laura Dixon, Bay City News

Street Closures This Week As Last Of Old Doyle Drive Goes Down

Overnight closures of state Highway 1 begin this week in San Francisco’s Presidio as construction crews dismantle the last remnants of the old Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Northbound Highway 1, also known as Veterans Boulevard, will be closed between Lake Street, on the edge of the Richmond District, and the junction with U.S. Highway 101 starting Tuesday. The closures will run from midnight to 4 a.m. on Mondays through Saturdays for three weeks, project officials said.

The old Doyle Drive, built in 1936, was seismically unsafe and is being dismantled to make room for the new roadway, which crews expect to begin construction on this summer as part of the second phase of the Presidio Parkway project, project spokeswoman Molly Graham said.

Last year, most of Doyle Drive was demolished and a temporary bypass was constructed, as was a bi-directional High Viaduct and Battery Tunnel taking traffic between San Francisco’s Marina District and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The remaining part of Doyle Drive, the steel truss and columns of the old High Viaduct, “requires much more delicate deconstruction,” prompting the overnight closure of Highway 1 and nearby surface streets, Graham said.

Once that part of the project is complete, crews will build a second High Viaduct and Battery Tunnel to allow one to carry northbound traffic to the bridge and the other to carry cars headed south away from it.

Work is already under way to identify and relocate utilities and demolish buildings elsewhere on the project, which will also include new tunnels near the Presidio’s Main Post.

Dave Pang, a Caltrans construction manager, said that work can often be halted by the discovery of historical items found underground in the Presidio.

During the first phase of the project, items found included a large walrus tooth and army equipment, Pang said.

The new roadways, once complete, will provide the same traffic capacity as the old Doyle Drive but with additional safety measures such as shoulders on the side of the road, Pang said.

The project is expected to be complete sometime in 2016.

More information about the project, including updates on road closures, can be found online at www.presidioparkway.org.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Man Killed In Solo Car Crash

1:59 PM: A man who was killed in a crash near San Francisco’s Lake Merced on Monday night has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 25-year-old Yongze Wei.

The crash happened at about 10 p.m. at Lake Merced and Sunset boulevards.

Wei, who was alone in a black BMW, was driving east on Lake Merced Boulevard when the car hit a curb, struck a pole and overturned, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Wei was ejected from the vehicle and pinned underneath it, Shyy said. He was extricated and taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation determined that speed was a factor in the crash, Shyy said. Wei was also not wearing a seatbelt, he said.

10:29 AM: A 24-year-old man was killed in a car crash near San Francisco’s Lake Merced on Monday night, police said today.

The solo-car crash was reported at 10:01 p.m. at Lake Merced and Sunset boulevards. The man was driving when his car hit a curb and crashed, pinning him inside, police said.

Elsewhere

Man Killed in Solo Car Accident [Weekly]

He had to be extricated from the car by firefighters and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His name is being withheld until his family has been notified of the death, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Elderly Man Attacked After Traffic Accident

A 74-year-old man was critically injured in an attack that followed a traffic collision in San Francisco’s Bayview District on Monday evening, police said today.

The assault was reported around 5 p.m. Monday near Third Street and Wallace Avenue, where the suspect and the victim got into a traffic accident in a parking lot, according to police.

Both got out of their cars, and the suspect punched the victim in the face, police said.

Elsewhere

74-year-old driver assaulted after fender-bender [Ex]
Elderly Man Beaten During Fender Bender [Weekly]
74-year-old punched after Bayview crash [Chron]

The victim fell and hit his head on the ground. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are considered life-threatening, according to police.

The suspect fled in his car, described only as a black vehicle, and had not been found as of this morning, police said.

Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Alleged Red Light Runner Injures SFPD Officer

A San Francisco police officer was injured when his patrol car was struck by a woman who allegedly ran a red light in the city’s South of Market neighborhood on Sunday afternoon, police said today.

The collision was reported at about 2:45 p.m. at Fifth and Brannan streets.

The officer’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to police.

No other details about the crash were immediately available this morning.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News