San Francisco teen identified as latest Muni fatality

A teenager hit at a Portola district intersection Thursday was the sixth victim of a Muni-involved pedestrian crash this year — and the second pedestrian struck at the same intersection that day.

La Trena Crosley, 15, of San Francisco, was identified as the teenager who was fatally struck by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus Thursday night, the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday.

Police are still investigating the incident and how it happened, according to police officials.

The incident occurred approximately 8:40 p.m. Thursday when the No. 9 Express bus turned right onto eastbound Bacon Street from San Bruno Avenue. Crosley then reportedly ran into the roadway, hit the side of the vehicle and became caught under the rear wheels of the bus, according to Police Sgt. Neville Gittens.

The bus stopped and police and paramedics were called, but the girl was pronounced dead at the scene, Gittens said.

Muni spokesman Alan Siegel said the agency was not commenting on the incident until the police investigation was complete. Per standard procedure, the bus driver was placed on administrative leave until a separate Muni investigation was completed.

Siegel did say one of the top priorities for Muni was increasing safety systemwide.

“Any fatality is a tragedy,” Siegel said. “Safety is one of our first concerns.”

Pedestrian deaths involving Muni vehicles have increased slightly over the last few calendar years, according to data from the agency: there were three in 2005, four in 2006, and, to date in 2007, there have been six.

Another pedestrian was struck at the same intersection, by a civilian vehicle, earlier that day. At approximately 5:50 a.m., a car hit and injured a man in his 50s. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and treated for minor injuries, police said. </p>

tramroop@examiner.com  

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