Bay Area residents are probably aware that San Francisco is a pedestrian-friendly city, with its multiple forms of public transportation, traffic lights catering to walkers and tightly packed shops and restaurants. The city even closes off streets to traffic on a monthly basis in the warmer months for people to more easily enjoy the city on foot.
Unfortunately, pedestrians can still encounter danger, such as in motor vehicle accidents. Just last week a woman in her 60s was seriously injured, possibly after being struck by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in the Rincon Hill neighborhood.
Authorities are still investigating the crash, and it's not entirely clear how it happened. But a witness told police the woman was standing on a traffic island as the bus traveled south through the closest intersection. Just after the bus passed by the island, the witness saw the woman lying in the street. Police are working with the Municipal Transportation Authority to determine whether the bus actually struck the woman. If it did, then it's possible the bus driver fled the scene without stopping and rendering aid after the woman was hit. She suffered life-threatening injuries, but may be able to tell police at a later point exactly what happened.
It would be alarming to learn that the city bus was involved in a hit-and-run, but almost any driver is capable of panicking after hitting a pedestrian. As things stand, the woman will be responsible for covering the cost of her injuries. But if the driver is found at fault, he or she could be subject to a civil personal injury lawsuit, as could the transportation agency.
Source: SF Appeal, "Woman Suffers Life Threatening Injuries, Possibly From Collision With 38L Muni Bus," Sasha Lekach, March 29, 2012
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