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Driver arrested in death of pedestrian

50-year-old San Francisco resident killed in collision near Saint Mary’s Cathedral

A San Francisco man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian near Saint Mary’s Cathedral.

Raja Whitfield, 26, was driving in the area of Geary Boulevard and Gough Street around 7 a.m. when he hit a man, according to police.

Officers attempted life-saving measures, but the victim, who has been identified by the medical examiner as 50-year-old San Francisco resident Mark Berman, was declared dead at the scene.

Whitfield, who remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. He was later arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding and entering a crosswalk on a red signal.

Police said impairment did not appear to be a factor.

Whitfield remained booked into jail Tuesday evening, according to jail records.

The death is the seventh this year involving a pedestrian, according to police.

The pedestrian advocacy group Walk San Francisco said Berman’s death shows the need for red light cameras to be installed at more dangerous intersections in the city.

“More red light cameras will save lives,” Walk SF executive director Jodie Medeiros said in a statement. “They work day and night, and send a clear message that aggressive driving has no place here.”

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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