Public works vehicle hits, kills woman

An early-morning trip to deliver tools to city workers Friday turned deadly when a Department of Public Works driver hit and killed a 66-year-old woman on Bayshore Boulevard.

At 8:15 Friday morning, Florencia Tiongco, of San Francisco, was crossing Bayshore Boulevard heading westbound onto Bacon Street when a female 10-year veteran of driving a department pickup truck was returning from delivering street-sweeping equipment to a crew, according to DPW spokeswoman Christine Falvey.

Tiongco, who was in the crosswalk, and the DPW worker both had the green light at the typically “very busy” intersection when she was struck, Williams said.

A witness called 911 to report the incident, Falvey said.

“Paramedics responded to the scene, and she was pronounced dead at the scene,” Williams said.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation, Williams said. The DPW employee was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for routine drug and alcohol testing and put on administrative leave, Falvey said. The driver, a 55-year-old woman, was shaken up about the incident, she added.

In the last 20 years, Public Works employees and vehicles have been involved in two other pedestrian fatalities, the latest in 2000, Falvey said. The department has 700 vehicles on city streets.

“This is extremely rare, and we are extremely upset about it,” Falvey said. The Police Department, City Attorney’s Office and Department of Public Works are all conducting investigations into the incident, she added.

Since 2005, The City has paid out millions in settlement decisions from accidents involving city-owned vehicles, according to data the City Attorney’s Office. The payments, however are not an implication of fault, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

So far this year, five pedestrians have died on city streets stemming from collisions with vehicles, including Tiongco.

In a city that encourages residents and workers to leave their cars and walk, pedestrian injuries have generally decreased since 2000.

dsmith@examiner.com

Examiner Staff Writer Will Reisman contributed to this report.

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