The road near the intersection of Bay and Buchanan streets, where two boys were struck by an allegedly drunken driver, has received numerous safety upgrades after the incident. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Safety upgrades complete at dangerous intersection where car struck two boys

The street where two boys were struck and injured by a drunk driver now has a complete set of safety upgrades, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

The Bay Street Road Diet and Cycletrack Project is now complete, bringing a separated bicycle lane, speed humps, more visible crosswalks, and a more narrow roadway to Bay Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets.

A stop sign was installed at the intersection of Bay and Buchanan streets last month. Now the rest of the upgrades are complete.

“Bay Street’s new design encourages motorists to drive more slowly and yield to people walking and biking,” the SFMTA wrote, in a statement.

District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell said in a statement, “Tragic collisions like the one that occurred on Bay Street by an alleged drunk driver just over a month ago reinforce the need for safer street designs across San Francisco.”

As the San Francisco Examiner reported, the SFMTA twice delayed safety improvements to the section of Bay Street before the Marina Middle School students were struck Nov. 4 by alleged drunk driver Kristen Andereck.

Julian Melendez and Peter Nguyen, both 12-years-old, were sent to the hospital with severe injuries.

Prior to the redesign, an SFMTA traffic analysis found that the majority of motorists on that section of Bay Street exceeded the 25 mph speed limit, regularly at speeds between 30 and 35 mph.

“Thanks goodness they’d finally done it, I wish they’d done it years ago,” said Craig Peters, an attorney for the boys.

“They’re hanging in there,” he said of the kids’ recovery. Nguyen is still at home from school, he said, and has trouble with his memory.

Peters said the Veen Law Firm, of which he is a part, filed a claim against The City.

He said a potential suit is still “up in the air,” but the claim is a first step which would allow them to pursue such legal action.

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