SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – An 82-year-old San Francisco woman was struck and killed by a van while crossing a street near her home Tuesday in the city’s Crocker-Amazon neighborhood, police said.

The crash happened at about 5 p.m. in the 1700 block of Geneva Avenue near the city’s southern border, a few blocks from the Cow Palace.

Police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said the woman, identified by the medical examiner’s office as Maria Francisco, was not in a crosswalk when an eastbound black van struck her.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dangerfield said the 23-year-old woman who was driving the van
stopped afterward and cooperated with police, telling them she had hit the brakes before the collision.

“It’s still under investigation, but it appears to be a tragic accident,” Dangerfield said.

The woman was not charged in connection with the collision, but was cited for driving on a suspended license, Dangerfield said.

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Comments (9)
  1. mhc says:

    Tragic indeed – but hardly an accident, if the “victim” was crossing the street mid-block. In that case the real victim is the unfortunate driver, who will have this trauma burned into her nervous system.

  2. Brian says:

    mhc, How is the driver the victim when she shouldn’t have even been on the road with a suspended license. Sounds like vehicular manslaughter to me.

  3. popo says:

    Why do so many people drive on suspended licenses? They were suspended for a reason![ STAY OFF THE ROAD!

  4. says:

    Suspended DL and didn’t get arrested? LOL Is this a joke? An old woman of 82 yrs of age could not have been moving very fast. This driver was going to fast and not paying attention.

  5. Terri says:

    I feel sorry for the driver. Even though she was driving with a suspended license. She have to live with this the rest of her life. People was between cars everyday to get across the street. Just the other day I was driving around the lake in Oakland. a man walked across on one side between cars that was waiting for the light to turn green. I saw him befor he got in front of me. I just shook my head what if i wasn’t paying attention. I would have hit him.

  6. Raymond Lucas says:

    Where is the family of the 82 yr old woman. Why is she crossing Geneva alone?

  7. AbYak says:

    A few months back, some idiot chick hit 5 people when her SUV jumped the curve. Turned out her license was suspended and she had no insurance. She was released at the scene!

  8. Sanjay Dhar says:

    >I feel sorry for the driver. Even though she was driving with a suspended license. > She have to live with this the rest of her life.

    If I hit someone … leave alone for the rest of my life … I would not even lose a night’s sleep over it and there are many people like that (they might deny it though) hah! 🙂

  9. W says:

    There must be a reason why her license was suspended. If she wasn’t driven at the time, this wouldn’t have happened. I still put the blame on thr driver even though the victim was not in a cross walk. Any normal drivers can see what’s ahead of them.

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