SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A pedestrian in a wheelchair was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood Friday morning, a police spokesman said.

The accident was reported at 7:08 a.m. at the intersection of Seventh and Harrison streets.

The wheelchair-bound pedestrian was crossing Harrison Street north in the crosswalk with a green light but did not make it across the street before the light turned red, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

While cars in three of the lanes traveling west on Harrison Street stopped, a vehicle in the fourth lane struck the pedestrian, who was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for the life-threatening injuries, Esparza said.

The driver of the car that struck the pedestrian stopped at the scene and cooperated with police, Esparza said.

“Motorists are reminded when pedestrians are crossing the street lawfully and the light does turn colors, traffic shall yield to the pedestrian to allow them to safely continue crossing the street before they proceed,” he said.

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Comments (8)
  1. Matthew says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — SLOW DOWN….

  2. ani says:

    What the driver did, was extremely careless. In the future, he should come to a complete stop because the person in a wheelchair ALWAYS has the right of way. Sometimes the wheelchair is slow so the driver must be extremely patient until the person in a wheelchair has completed his crossing. Also there are pedestrians who have trouble walking and must use the aid of a cane in any manner or supporting devices to help them maintain their balance and because of their limitations, they often walk extremely slow. What these drivers should know that these pedestrians are not superhuman and they can’t go fast. Their disabilities are often not their fault so drivers should not expect much, but to wait patiently and to offer these pedestrians well deserved respect. Also, let me add that the pedestrains must do their part n protecting themselves, If they notice a car already starting to make a turn in their direction before they cross the street, they must wait until the driver in the car has fully completed the turn and then, the pedestrians can start crossing.

  3. deadzone says:

    The pedestrain signals have a count down. As soon as the countdown begins, pedestrians are to remain on the sidewalk. I say the wheelchair rode off of the curb illegally and was accidentally struck in the crosswalk.

    So Matthew…the correct saying is to pay attention and obey the signal lights.

  4. x xx says:

    I witnessed this accident. The wheelchair person was at fault.

  5. David Franco says:

    hmmm lots of jaywalkers, junkies, and mentally ill in that area darting into traffic and oblivious to the ‘proper’ way to cross a street.. dramatic to report a poor soul in a wheelchair getting hit. But driving in the area would reveal that people in that area step into moving traffic all the time and more likely the driver did not see him.

  6. rs says:

    if the driver was in the fourth lane, it’s very possible that he didn’t even see the wheelchair crossing the street and since he had a green light, he kept driving. i wasn’t there so i don’t know what happened but it is possible the driver didn’t see him/her.

    1. x says:

      this is what happened. I was there. the wheelchair person was in dark clothing & the day was still dark. the wheelchair person did not look. the driver is also a victim, and to a much lesser extent, all the witness, too.