A woman was fatally struck by a Paratransit bus near San Francisco’s Cathedral Hill late Thursday morning, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
The woman had just exited the vehicle shortly before 11 a.m. when she made her way toward the front of the bus, which was traveling north on Franklin Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco police spokesperson Officer Giselle Talkoff said. That’s when the bus apparently struck the woman.
“At some point, the driver of the vehicle accelerated and a collision occurred between the passenger and the vehicle,” Talkoff said.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. As investigators worked, the woman’s purple hat and blue glasses laid on the pavement.
It was not immediately known whether the woman was in a crosswalk or what the traffic conditions were at the time.
“We are looking into the cause of the collision and what transpired,” Talkoff said.
The Medical Examiner’s Office could not confirm the woman’s identity by press time, but two witnesses who were at the scene said they knew the woman and believed her to be in her 80s. They also said she was a member of the advocacy group Senior Disability Action.
That same group was meeting at the nearby Unitarian Church to discuss the SFPD in the wake of former Chief Greg Suhr’s departure.
At their meeting, Senior Disability Action handed out flyers for its “Safe Streets for Seniors and People with Disabilities” town hall meetings, scheduled for June 17, 23, and 30.
The woman’s death marks the ninth pedestrian fatality this year, said Nicole Ferrara, executive director of Walk SF.
Tom Nolan, chairman of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors, said in the statement he extends his “deepest condolences” to the victim’s family.
Paratransit vehicles use tracking technology and drivecams for blind spots, and are trained in pedestrian and collision safety, said SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose.accidentcarCathedral HillpedestrianSt. Mary's HospitaltrafficTransit