A Monday evening Muni accident on Market Street sent a 45-year-old man to the hospital and brought the number of Muni-pedestrian incidents since July 1 to 20.
Five pedestrians have died after being struck by Muni vehicles this year, the most recent on Aug. 23, when a J-Church train struck 47-year-old John O’Neill near Glen Park station.
The most recent incident happened Monday about 5:50 p.m. near the intersection of Second and Market streets.
According to police Sgt. Steve Mannina, the man was hanging out into the street when a 5-Fulton bus drove past, hitting him in the head. Mannina said paramedics took the man to San Francisco General Hospital, but his condition has not been released.
Witnesses said the man was searching through a trashcan on the edge of a bus-stop island when the impact occurred.
The unidentified man involved in Monday’s incident was the 20th pedestrian to collide with a Muni vehicle since July 1, the start of the fiscal year, according to Muni data.
This is the second accident since a particularly dramatic two-week period in August that saw four people hit by Muni vehicles — two ending in fatalities.
Mannina said Monday’s incident appears to be the pedestrian’s fault.
Police have also ruled two prior incidents — a man hit by a historic streetcar on the Embarcadero on Nov. 16 and a woman who was struck Oct. 2 at Market and Sixth streets — as being the fault of the pedestrians.