Death in the Ingleside: Ocean & Miramar

Posted on February 15, 2010

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Photo via SF Streets Blog

A woman was hit and killed last Tuesday in the Ingleside District. The 63-year-old woman was crossing the street when a San Francisco Public Utilities Commision truck hit her. She died at the scene.

Anyone familiar with life here in the City know that traffic is crazy. San Francisco is by far one of the friendlist but also most dangerous places for pedestrians. In fact, SFMTA put up a traffic collision report not too long ago to show the progress they made on making the streets in San Francisco safer. One of the problem areas was 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, the breaking point for The Ingleside, Sunset West Portal Districts. Between 1995 and 1997, 44 accidents happened there. Luckily, a decade later that number was cut in half. Still, traffic concerns still are a major issue in San Francisco, especially on Ocean Avenue, which acts a “cutthrough” or slingshot from 19th Avenue to the I-280 freeway.

(A map of where the incident happened. The driver was turning left.)

I contacted the SF Water Commission myself and they quickly responded with most of the information that every other blog has posted. One thing I haven’t seen posted is the apology statement from either the drivers or commissions themselves. Ed Harrington, the general manager of SFPUC, offered an apology:

I wish to extend my sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Ms. Xiu Fang Huang. This tragic incident marks the first pedestrian fatality for the SFPUC as far as records show in the past 30 years.

All the main SF Blogs covered this issue, but SF Streets Blog I found, did the best reporting of this topic. The comments were especially informative. One commenter, Nick, gave great information about the Ocean Avenue area and its traffic woes:

The location of this accident (Ocean at Miramar) is the same as where an LRV ran over a young woman a few years back. The MUNI boarding islands take all kinds of abuse from cars. Look closely at the metal rails. Most of them have a “lean” to them as they have been bent forward by car crashes. In January, a car totaled a “SLOW 10 MPH” sign near an elementaty school. There were skid marks on the raised boarding area.

Another commenter pointed out San Francisco County policy 25.4 that says the city must, “maintain a presumption against the use of demand-activated traffic signals on any well-used pedestrian street, and particularly those streets in the Citywide Pedestrian and Neighborhood Networks.”

If you have any questions or need more information on this topic feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. You can contact Tyrone Jue of the communcations division for SFPUC at tjue@sfwater.org. Don’t expect more than a press release though.

Also, here’s Ed Harrington’s Statement and a screenshot of Jue’s I believed most of media received.

Tyrone Jue's response

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