UCSF to begin installing seat belts in shuttle buses following death of passenger 

Following the death of a 52-year-old doctor who was killed in an auto accident involving a UCSF shuttle bus, the medical institution announced that it would begin installing seat belts in all its vehicles.

Passenger Kevin Mack died after being ejected out of a UCSF shuttle bus that collided with a big-rig truck at the intersection of Oak Street and Octavia Boulevard on July 14. The shuttle bus was not outfitted with seatbelts at the time of the crash. It was the third significant incident involving a UCSF shuttle bus in the last nine months.

In response to the latest accident, all UCSF shuttle vehicles will now feature seat belts, even though they are not required to by law, said chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellman. She said the institution hopes to have its entire fleet outfitted with safety belts by the end of August.

UCSF is undergoing a comprehensive review of all aspects of its shuttle operations, Desmond-Hellman said. It has also been conducting one-on-one support meetings with its drivers.

“I am committed to ensuring that our community is informed about the many ways we are already working to keep our shuttles safe,” said Desmond-Hellman.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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