Pedestrian cited for jaywalking after being struck by car 

An elderly man hit by a car while walking away from St. Mary’s Cathedral on Geary Boulevard Sunday afternoon got his jaywalking ticket issued shortly after at San Francisco General Hospital, police said.

“The officer returned and cited him at the hospital,” said San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy.

The 86-year old man was cited for crossing the street instead of the crosswalk and suffered a fractured leg from the collision at about 2:40 p.m., Shyy said. He cooperated with officers at the scene.

Issuing a jaywalking ticket to an injured person may not have been a common in the past, but officers aren’t holding back.

“Previously, when officers responded to a collision, it was at their discretion to cite or not,” Shyy said. “But now, we just have a huge department policy that was implemented a few months ago where if officers are able to determine an at-fault party, they shall cite the at-fault party at the scene.”

The police department-wide directive to issue more tickets to not only drivers, but pedestrians and bicyclists, came earlier this year in response to a spike of vehicle-pedestrian fatalities, particularly last December.

From January 2013 to February 2014, the department handed out 54 percent more citations citywide, according to Police Chief Greg Suhr.

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