Minivan hits woman on her way to work

A 24-year-old woman was hit and seriously injured by a minivan on her way to work Wednesday morning as she was crossing Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco on a red light, police said.

Tiffany Ghiorso, of South City, was walking across Airport Boulevard near Butler Avenue at 9:20 a.m. to catch the bus. A witness told police that Ghiorso, who works at the Brisbane Parks and Recreation Department with children and youth, was about 25 feet outside of the designated crosswalk and was crossing against the light.

A woman driving her children in a Dodge Caravan hitGhiorso, who suffered a fracture to her vertebrae, a head injury that required two stitches and contusions, police said.

Ghiorso’s uncle Russ Carmack, who also works at the Park and Recreation Department, said she wears a hearing aid and must not have heard the car coming.

“She relies heavily on visual aid, so I’m not sure what happened with the light,” he said.

Ghiorso was taken to the San Francisco General Hospital. She will be moved to another hospital for continued treatment, according to her father, Mike Ghiorso.

He said that his daughter was conscious, but in a lot of pain.

Ghiorso’s parents were out for a morning walk when they heard of the accident, her father said.

“I reacted like any father would — I was very concerned for her,” he said.

He said he did not know why his daughter crossed the street on a red light.

The minivan’s driver and her children, 1 and 4, were uninjured. Their vehicle sustained minor damage, according to police Cpl. Doug Smith. Police did not release the name of the driver and said Thursday that the collision was not her fault.

Police closed the roadway for an hour and diverted the traffic.

Ghiorso lives with her parents on Drake Avenue in South City.

svasilyuk@examiner.com

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