Pedestrian fatally struck by driver in North Beach

A man was struck and killed in or near a parking garage in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood Wednesday morning, police said.

Jonathan Jones, 48, with no known address, according to San Francisco’s Office of the Medical Examiner, was killed in the incident that was reported around 7 a.m. on Greenwich Street, across from Joe DiMaggio Playground.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police, according to Officer Robert Rueca.

Police could be seen driving a black Mercedes SUV out of an underground parking structure at 725 Greenwich St. and Via Bufano shortly after 10 a.m. An officer on scene confirmed the AMG GLE 63s V8 Biturbo was involved in the incident. It was later towed away.

The incident is currently under investigation and police said they cannot confirm if Jones was inside or outside the parking structure when he was hit.

Some media outlets have reported Jones was possibly homeless and may have been sleeping in the parking garage when he was hit, but police have not confirmed the information.

According to Kelley Cutler of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, it’s not uncommon for those experiencing homelessness to seek safe shelter in parking garages.

People without homes are often told to move during city-wide homeless encampment sweeps and are left looking for a place to rest with little notice, Cutler said.

On the morning of the incident, the wait list for access to single-adult shelters was 1,087, according to 311’s shelter reservation wait list.

“People always say ‘go sleep in a shelter,’ but it’s not that simple,” Cutler said. “We don’t have the resources.”

In addition to the wait list, Cutler noted that there are no city-funded shelters in North Beach.

Employees at 725 Greenwich, a 5-story building housing architecture and design firms, declined to speak on the incident.

Others on the street, however, were shocked to learn of Jones’ death.

“I knew it was bad when I saw a lot of cops and no ambulance,” said Leila N’Amara, who works at Dylan’s Tours a few buildings down the street. “It’s just a sign that we really need to take action and get people off the street. Even for one night.”

N’Amara says she sees people without homes in the neighborhood often, but no more than other districts in San Francisco.

Dylan David, owner of the bike rental and tour business, has been in the neighborhood for eight years and says something needs to change.

“Somebody has got to do something about the city,” he said. “Right now everyone puts the blame on someone else. People are getting fed up.”

San Francisco police towed away a Mercedes SUV after a pedestrian death in North Beach Wednesday morning. (Ian Williams/S.F. Examiner)
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