Woman run over by SamTrans bus dies

The 50-year-old woman hit by a San Mateo County Transit District bus in Daly City on Nov. 19 died Thursday in a “most likely preventable” accident, officials said.

A route 390 SamTrans bus ran over the foot or leg of Amy Chan, of San Francisco, while she was walking on a crosswalk from John Daly Boulevard onto Mission Street, police said. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, and at the time it appeared she would survive, police said.

But Chan died 10 days later from massive brain damage sustained in the accident, relative Jennie Leung said.

The accident was rare and most likely preventable, SamTrans spokesman Jonah Weinberg said at the time.

“It was an accident that should not have happened and because it did, we have lost a wonderful, warm, caring person,” Leung said.

SamTrans is conducting an investigation to determine whether there were any passengers on the bus and if the driver was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, officials said. The cause of the accident was unknown at the time and is still under investigation, officials said.

The SamTrans internal investigation is under way and the agency could not comment on its status Sunday, spokeswoman Mary Knuckles said.

After the accident, the bus was taken off the route immediately and the driver was temporarily suspended as standard procedure, officials said. Knuckles would not comment on whether any additional punishment would be sought or if the investigation would be expedited now that the victim has died.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Transit Operations Police is conducting the criminal case and was closed and unable to comment Sunday.

Chan leaves behind a husband and child, Leung said.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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