I previously covered a story about Chris Bucchere's fatal bicycle vs. pedestrian accident last year, and now feel inclined to comment again. Mr. Bucchere, 36 years old, is now ordered to stand trial on a felony vehicular manslaughter charge for this fatality which occured in the Castro district of San Francisco while he was riding through the intersection on his bicycle purportedly at 35 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. zone.
After being elected into office November 2012, two new Supervisors London Breed and Norman Yee geared up to talk about the importance of San Francisco transportation and pedestrian safety in their neighborhoods.
San Francisco declares itself a pedestrian friendly city. And a great city like San Francisco should have an infrastructure which contributes to pedestrian safety. Pedestrian safety is an integral result of careful civil engineering and traffic engineering. San Francisco has a lot of pedestrians, and sadly, San Francisco has a lot of pedestrian injuries and pedestrian deaths.
What is up with San Francisco motorists? In one August weekend, five separate motor vehicle accidents claimed five lives in San Francisco.
Just when we thought that San Francisco has seen enough pedestrian injuries and fatalities, a new study is released indicating that this trend is continuing and unfortunately pedestrian fatalities are on the uprise.
David Rosen, 17-years-old, struck and killed a 41-year-old man and his 9-year-old daughter up on the sidewalk as they were on a family bike ride one morning. Rosen lost control of his SUV Cadillac Escalade when he struck the bicyclists, sheared off a fire hydrant and careened into the brick facade of a medical office building next to the Contra Costa Fire District's training center, which ended in this tragic Concord fatality in April a few months ago.
I feel that it is my duty as a member of the San Francisco Bay Area community to keep the issue of hit-and-run collisions in the news, hoping that the culpable parties can be brought to justice and hoping that, if they are prosecuted, this will be a deterrent to further hit-and-run drivers.
I learn too often about bus accidents, where serious injuries occur to pedestrians when hit. I recently learned that on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, a pedestrian was pinned underneath a shuttle bus and pinned underneath the bus for a long period of time. This bus pedestrian accident occurred in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood at around 2:18 p.m. at Eddy and Leavenworth Streets.
A solar eclipse occured last Sunday, May 20th commencing at approximately 4:30 p.m. At 7:10 p.m. at the tail end of the partial eclipse, a 26-year-old San Bruno woman driving a 1997 Audi sedan at the intersection of Grand and Walnut avenues says she was blinded by the sun. Because the driver was blinded by the sun, she claims that did not see a woman and her 10-year-old daughter in the crosswalk and that she struck the pedestrians mistakenly.