Man badly injured in North Beach SUV collision

A 56-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle in North Beach on Thursday morning.

The unidentified pedestrian was attempting to cross Columbus Avenue near Grant Avenue at about 1:10 a.m. when he was hit by a Toyota Land Cruiser, police spokesman Sgt. Wilfred Williams said. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk at the time, he said.

The man’s injuries were described as life-threatening. He remains at San Francisco General Hospital.

Williams said the driver, a 33-year-old man who is not a San Francisco resident, stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

The man was cited for not having proof of insurance, Williams said.

The issue of pedestrian safety in The City was highlighted by new data released in November that showed how San Francisco can be especially perilous for walkers.

Nearly half the traffic fatalities in The City are pedestrians, a rate that is more than four times the national average.

Aside from deaths, however, The City ranked well in pedestrian safety in the nationwide study by Transportation for America. San Francisco was safer than 39 of the 52 areas detailed.

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