San Francisco Bicyclist Dies After Mission St. Collision

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A 25-year-old bicyclist who was critically injured in a collision with a truck in San Francisco on Wednesday morning has died, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Nancy Ho, of San Francisco, was traveling east on Mission Street when she was struck by a westbound Berkeley Farms truck as she turned left onto Fremont street around 8 a.m., San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Ho was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for a serious head wound and other injuries, he said. She was not wearing a helmet.

Although both Ho and the truck driver had a green light, she was making an illegal left turn, Dangerfield said.

Left turns are only permitted for taxis and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency buses, according to posted signs.

A video camera at a nearby business captured the collision, and police are reviewing the footage, he said.

Dangerfield said that bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians should be alert when navigating San Francisco streets.

“Everyone has to share the roadway and be cautious,” he said.

Investigators do not suspect that drugs or alcohol played a role

in the collision. The driver of the truck, owned by the Newark-based company Sunrise Food Distributors Inc., was cooperative with detectives.

San Francisco police did not provide any updates about the investigation this morning. The intersection was closed for a couple of hours while investigators gathered evidence.

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  • anibeth

    Well, it is too damn bad that for selfish reason to why she did not wear her helmet that would have helped save her life. Her passing gave her family and friends endless grief. Let this incident be a huge wake up call to those who are not wearing their helmet: this is what you will end up if something like this happens to you. For example,, if you engage in reckless bicycling habits, you really don’t deserve to ride a bicycle. Bicycle riding should only be used by those who have observe safe riding habits and who follow the rules of the road including the observation of traffic laws and regulations. Wearing helmet is a must and there is no excuse for anyone for not wearing their helmets! As for me, I will start reminding cyclists to wear their helmet by showing them this article!

    • ride this

      Shut your pie hole you obnoxious wench.

      • Collette

        Anibeth is right.

    • Big G

      Why is it you self righteous nerds alwasy have to write articles with that I told you so attitude. Your a real piece of work too. Nothing like piling it on eh!!!

  • gpmansf

    If the SF police dpartment would enforce traffic laws for all, INCLUDING bicyclists, then some of the bad behavior associated with some bicyclists might go away. There seems to be a sense of entitlement for some cyclists who believe they can do whatever they want with impunity. I have been struck from behind by a cyclist riding on the sidewalk. And several times a week, I see cyclists riding on crowded downtown sidewalks.

    I feel for the family of this woman and hope that as a result of this tragic accident, this will be a wake-up call for other cyclists and the SF police department.

  • Ben

    After several close calls with cyclists ignoring traffic controls and making sudden moves in traffic, I’ve started honking anytime one is near me to let them know I’m there. They hate it, but I don’t care. I’d rather have every cyclists in the bay area flip me off than be involved in a fatality that isn’t my fault.

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