Van driver kills pedestrian in Richmond District

A woman walking across Geary Boulevard at Ninth Avenue was killed Thursday after the driver of a white van struck her while making a left hand turn, police said.

The crash happened at about 8:15 a.m. when the white van going south on Ninth Avenue turned onto eastbound Geary Boulevard and hit the woman, police spokesman Officer Samson Chan said.
   
She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She was pronounced dead hours later, Chan said. No one else was hurt.

The driver stopped after hitting the woman and stayed for a police interview. There was no alcohol involved in the incident and the driver had a valid license, Chan said. He has not been charged or cited, but it is still under investigation.

It is not clear whether the woman was in the cross walk or who had the green light.

Police closed eastbound Geary Boulevard at about 8:20am. It was reopened at about 11:30.

Police are also investigating a fatal crash on city streets in the South of Market area. Units responded to a report of a solo-vehicle crash in the 1100 block of Mission Street at around 12:20 a.m., police said.
   
Arriving officers found a man critically injured in a crash, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
   
Preliminary information indicates the driver lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons and struck an object – possibly a utility pole or a building – and was killed, police said.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report

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