A pedestrian was killed in a crash near Lake Merced on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Courtesy map)

A pedestrian was killed in a crash near Lake Merced on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Courtesy map)

Driver arrested in multi-vehicle crash near Lake Merced that killed pedestrian

SF man was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle and intoxicated at time of collision

A driver struck and killed a pedestrian with a stolen vehicle on Thursday morning near Lake Merced during a multi-vehicle collision that also injured several other people, according to police.

Eight cars were involved in the crash at Lake Merced Boulevard and Higuera Avenue, which resulted in non life-threatening injuries to four people and the death of a 26-year-old man who has not been identified by authorities, police said.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, identified by police as San Francisco resident Jerry Lyons, 31, was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries and later arrested.

Lyons was allegedly driving a 2003 Ford Explorer that had been reported stolen out of San Jose. He was booked into County Jail on suspicion of various charges including vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run, driving under the influence and driving a stolen vehicle.

Lyons was on probation in both San Mateo and San Francisco counties at the time of the collision and has a lengthy criminal history with arrests dating back more than a decade, court records show. He was released from state prison last April after serving a four-year state prison sentence for grand theft and has been arrested at least five times since then.

He was arrested twice last month in Redwood City on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and by the California Highway Patrol in San Francisco on Dec. 3 for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle, being an unlicensed driver and DUI.

He was held in jail for 27 days for violating his probation over the Dec. 3 arrest but not immediately charged pending toxicology results in the case, District Attorney Chesa Boudin said.

The District Attorney’s Office plans to make a charging decision in the collision by Monday.

The collision prompted Supervisor Myrna Melgar to call for a total overhaul of the Lake Merced area, where pedestrians regularly have to cross multiple lanes of speeding traffic.

“People treat Higueroa Avenue and Lake Merced Boulevard like highways, and neither street was really built for pedestrians,” Melgar said. “We have to slow things down everywhere in The City, but for some places, particularly those two streets, I think it needs a major redesign.”

Melgar said she had already started working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to do “whatever we can” to make the area safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users in the interim.

A 14-year-old girl also died after being hit by a driver near Lake Merced in March 2019. She and her mother were both struck by the driver while they were in the crosswalk with their dog.

The pedestrian death was the second of 2021, despite repeated calls from lawmakers to prioritize street safety.

On Jan. 19, an elderly man was struck by the driver of a vehicle while crossing the street at San Jose Avenue and 24th Street. He succumbed to his injuries and died four days later.

This story has been updated with additional information.

Bay Area NewsCrimesan francisco newstraffic

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Basketball (Shutterstock)
SI alum Begovich gets his moment, but Stanford falls on Senior Day

MAPLES PAVILION — Generally speaking, Stanford’s home finale on Saturday afternoon, a… Continue reading

U.S. Attorney David Anderson announces federal firearms charges against two men for their roles in a March 2019 shooting outside the Fillmore Heritage Center in a news conference alongside SFPD staff at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Departing U.S. attorney predicts corruption probe will continue

David Anderson shook up City Hall as top federal prosecutor

Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton, a former school board member, has been asked to help secure an agreement between the school district and teacher’s union. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Supervisor Walton tapped to mediate teacher contract talks

District and union at odds over hours in-person students should be in the classroom

California is set to receive supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is still under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Courtesy photo)
California could receive 380K doses of new J&J COVID vaccine next week

California could receive 380,300 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine… Continue reading

Disability advocates protested outside the home of San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon. (Courtesy Brooke Anderson)
Vaccine rollout plan for people with disabilities remains deeply flawed

On February 13, disability activists paid a visit to the house of… Continue reading

Most Read