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22-Fillmore runs red light, hits and pins down man

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A 70-year-old man remained in critical condition Thursday night after being struck by a Muni bus when the driver ran a red light on Fillmore Street, according to police.

The Japantown senior was lodged underneath the bus for several minutes after being struck at 6:25 a.m. by a driver of a 22-Fillmore line bus at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Fillmore Street.

Preliminary investigation of the early-morning incident that left the senior citizen clinging to his life reveals that the driver made an initial stop, then “proceeded to run through the red light, striking the man as he was walking during the green light,” Sgt. Bob Guinan of the San Francisco Police Department’s traffic division said.

The bus was reportedly driving southbound down Fillmore Street at a speed below 10 miles per hour when it hit the senior, Guinan said. When crews arrived, the man was conscious enough to give police his identity and address, but was suffering from internal injuries and several severed fingers. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, Guinan said.

“The first hour, we thought there was no way he’d make it, then he began to improve a little — but the prognosis is not good,” Inspector Dean Taylor of the SFPD hit-and-run detail said.

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The driver of the bus has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, according to Muni officials.

According to the SFPD, there were 26 Muni-related deaths from 2001 through March 2005.

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