Taxi crash kills two, injures another in downtown San Francisco

On Sunday afternoon, a taxi driver rammed into a group of pedestrians near the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SoMa; SF police say two women were killed and a man was injured, and the driver of the vehicle was also injured in the collision.

Initially reported by the Chronicle, three people were seen lying on the sidewalk at the intersection of 3rd and Mission streets yesterday afternoon after a taxi rammed them. According to SF Police spokesman Officer Robert Rueca, first responders arrived at the scene just after 4.30pm – and found two women, who were pronounced dead at the scene.

The injured man was taken to hospital; his condition was not known, said Rueca; the taxi driver, himself, was taken to a nearby hospital where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Information provided by KTVU notes that the taxi driver rolled onto the sidewalk near the arts center, hitting the three individuals. And the three pedestrians were apparently standing side by side when they were hit by the Mercedes.

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An emergency alert was issued for the area around 5 p.m. and police were on the scene the rest of the evening; people were ordered to stay away from the area due to police and emergency personnel activity.

At press time, police declined to release any further details of the fatal car crash. This pair of pedestrian deaths comes after two people were fatally struck by vehicles – a seven-year-old boy on a bicycle and an adult crossing an intersection. – less than 24 hours apart in Fremont this weekend.

Walking in San Francisco, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving pedestrian safety in San Francisco, cites that approximately 30 people are killed and more than 500 seriously injured on the streets of San Francisco each year. The intersection where the fatal accident occurred is also in an area that Vision Zero has highlighted in his latest map of the network at high risk of injury.

Related: Child dies after being hit on bike in Fremont drive; Pedestrian killed while crossing Mission Boulevard

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David H. Henry