Pedestrian advocates in San Francisco are asking the city today to pay more attention to preventing and investigating pedestrian deaths after
three people were struck and killed by vehicles within a week.
“The events of this past week have been unacceptable,” said Manish Champsee, president of Walk San Francisco, a pedestrian advocacy group.
Walk San Francisco is calling for better San Francisco Municipal Railway driver training and a reduction in the distractions that operators have while driving, like talking on cell phones.
“We wouldn't allow people to drive Muni buses while drunk, so we shouldn't allow them to do so while talking on their cell phone,” Champsee
said in a prepared statement.
On Tuesday, Marina Vafiadis, 83, died after being struck by a Muni bus.
The bus that hit her was traveling northbound on Park Presidio Boulevard at around 10:08 p.m., officials reported. Vafiadis was pronounced dead at the scene.
San Francisco police are continuing to investigate two other fatal hit-and-run accidents today that occurred during the weekend.
Mark Ashley, a 27-year-old Canadian Navy lieutenant, was struck and killed by a Mercedes Benz while crossing the Embarcadero early Saturday, according to the San Francisco medical examiner.
The driver of the Mercedes with front-end and windshield damage struck Ashley at around 1:50 a.m. at the intersection of Howard Street, police said.
Witnesses said the driver of the Mercedes continued southbound on the Embarcadero and was not located.
On Sunday, Roger Tennyson, 77, of San Francisco, was fatally struck in the 100 block of Sanchez Street near his house at about 1:30 a.m.,
according to police. Tennyson died at the scene.
Walk San Francisco is calling on the city to investigate the crimes. The group has also asked the mayor's office to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
“We need to remember that whether someone is killed by a gunshot or a vehicle, the end result is the same: Someone's loved one is no longer with us. The SFPD must investigate these crimes with the same vigor,” Champsee said.
— Bay City News