Pedestrian Hit, Killed In San Francisco’s Pacific Heights
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The driver involved in a fatal crash that killed a pedestrian early Wednesday morning in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood has been identified as 27-year-old Mageb Hussain.
San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said the collision occurred in the area of Van Ness and Pacific avenues at about 12:55 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a person in the roadway, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the pedestrian, a 57-year-old man, is being withheld until his family has been notified of his death.
Shyy said according to their initial investigation, Hussain was traveling at least 60 miles per hour at the time of the collision.
“There are a couple of factors. First, the pedestrian was mid-block outside of the crosswalk,” Shyy said. “So in a sense, the pedestrian was jaywalking. However, with that said, speed appears to be a factor at this point, and that’s why the driver was arrested.”
Police said Hussain tried to walk away from the scene, but was pointed out by witnesses in the area, and he was taken into custody.
Hussain has been booked into jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and on a misdemeanor warrant.
This is just the latest in a string of vehicle-pedestrian collisions in San Francisco. On February 5, a man carrying a trash bag of recycling was hit in the crosswalk of Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street next to City Hall by an SUV that took off. That man died at the hospital a few days later. Police said he was crossing against a red light.
On February 4, a man was struck and killed as he tried to cross Sunset Boulevard at Yorba Street. And on January 7, a pedestrian was struck and killed on Van Ness when he ran into traffic. There were 21 pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco in 2013, the most since 2007.
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