$1.56M settlement for family of woman killed by speeding SFPUC truck in San Francisco 

A more than $1 million settlement is expected to be awarded to the husband and children of a 63-year-old woman who was fatally struck last year by a vehicle driven by a city employee.

Xiu Fang Huang was walking across a crosswalk at the intersection of Ocean and Miramar avenues on Feb. 9, 2010, when a vehicle driven by a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission employee fatally hit her while speeding, according to the lawsuit. The accident occurred around
1:40 p.m.

The city worker had been with the department for 23 years, and two other SFPUC employees were passengers in the vehicle.

The $1.56 million settlement is being introduced today to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for review and approval. The board’s Rules Committee is expected to vote on the settlement next week.

The settlement amount is similar to other recently resolved lawsuits involving city workers who struck pedestrians. The board approved a $2.4 million settlement in October 2010 for a 2004 accident when a police cruiser struck a 21-year-old man, who was walking in a crosswalk at Mission Street and Cortland Avenue. He sustained a massive brain injury.

And in October 2009, the board approved a $1.75 million settlement agreement with the surviving family members of a 66-year-old woman who was struck and killed in a crosswalk by a Department of Public Works employee driving a pickup truck. The woman was crossing Bayshore Boulevard at around
8:15 a.m. in April 2008 when she was struck.  

About 22 pedestrians are killed every year in San Francisco and 800 injured.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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