Woman hit is first Muni-versus-pedestrian accident of 2008

Weather may have played a factor into the first Muni-versus-pedestrian collision of 2008.

At 11:10 a.m. Friday, a female pedestrian and an inbound K-Ingleside train collided midblock on West Portal Avenue near 14th Avenue, and the pedestrian sustained injuries to the lower portions of her body that were not life-threatening, according to San Francisco police.

Weather conditions were terrible Friday with a series of storm systems moving into the Bay Area, beginning Thursday night. The system brought very high winds and torrential rains that brought down trees and wires and clogged street drains all around the Bay.

“Witnesses said she hadher umbrella down and walked into the [light rail vehicle],” Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, and police investigators are looking into the accident, Gittens said.

The pedestrian collision is Muni’s first of 2008 as the last three years have seen a disturbing trend of increased numbers of Muni vehicle-pedestrian collisions in The City, according to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency data.

Correspondingly, there has been a rise in the total number of fatalities resulting from those collisions, according to the data.

In 2005, there were 34 collisions resulting in three deaths, according to Muni.

There were 50 collisions in 2006, and four pedestrians died. In 2007, pedestrians and vehicles collided 62 times, killing seven people.

Two of those fatalities were pedestrians struck during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. La Trena Crosley, 15, died when the No. 9 Express bus turned right onto eastbound Bacon Street from San Bruno Avenue. Crosley then ran into the roadway, hit the side of the bus and was caught under the rear wheels.

Seventy-year-old Shu Si Yu was hit and killed by the K-Ingleside train about midblock on Ocean

Avenue near Capitol on Dec. 28.

dsmith@examiner.com

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