Car jumps curb, kills pedestrian

A swerving car pinned a woman to a utility pole at the intersection of 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard on Tuesday after the car had smashed into another vehicle, killing the pedestrian and injuring four others as traffic jammed up the busy Sunset district intersection for several hours.

Two cars collided before 2 p.m. and one car hopped the curb, striking the woman and causing a mother and her toddler to stumble away from the path of the swerving car, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

Firefighters had to pry the car off the trapped pedestrian, Talmadge said. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died a short time later.

The mother and her child, who was outside the stroller at the time of the accident, were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries caused from the fall.

Police officers immediately closed down the intersection, which was reopened shortly after 5 p.m.

During the closure, northbound traffic on 19th Avenue was backed up for two miles to Brotherhood Way while southbound traffic was jammed up for two and a half miles to Park Presidio Boulevard.

A group of six parking control officers was at the scene to direct traffic, Metropolitan Transportation Agency spokesman Maggie Lynch said.

The drivers of the two vehicles involved in the collision were transported to local hospitals with nonlife-threatening injuries.

One of the busiest intersections in San Francisco, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue had seven injury collisions in 2006 and six in 2005.

Despite the accident and ensuing closure, worried parents had an easy time picking up their children from nearby West Portal Lutheran Church and School at 200 Sloat Blvd.

Principal Martha Finley said the school, with its entrance facing Sloat Boulevard, enacted an evacuation plan in which two San Francisco police officers escorted children away from Sloat to be picked up by their parents.

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