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Cyclist strikes, injures pedestrian on Market Street

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A cyclist struck a woman on Market Street Wednesday evening. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)

A cyclist struck and injured a pedestrian on Market Street Wednesday evening at an intersection known for collisions.

It was not immediately clear if the pedestrian’s injuries were critical, but she was able to walk herself to an ambulance which arrived at Market and Powell streets at 5:34 p.m.

The cyclist identified himself as Nick Butler, 36, from Oakland. Butler, who stayed on the scene and cooperated with police, told the San Francisco Examiner he’s commuted along Market Street home to Oakland for about seven or eight years. He said he was on his way to visit a friend Wednesday evening.

Butler said the pedestrian crossed diagonally from the sidewalk to the crosswalk on a red light while he was facing a yellow light.

“I saw her but I was going pretty fast,” he said, “I tried to call out, but it was too late.”

Butler said his shoulder came into contact with either her chin or shoulder, and that “she hit the ground pretty hard” on the side of her head. When the Examiner arrived at the intersection the woman was holding tissues over her mouth, and slowly walked with some aid to the ambulance.

Butler noted the intersection has long been treacherous, and he’s seen various unsafe traffic interactions “so many times.”

The intersection is known for collisions between cyclists and those crossing the street. A cyclist struck and injured pedestrians at the intersection in May, and was reported by police to have fled the scene.

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