FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2020
CONTACT: Jodie Medeiros, Executive Director, Walk SF, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-596-1580 (cell)
Man hit when crossing at San Bruno and Dwight succumbs to his injuries; fourth pedestrian death this year
San Francisco, Calif. – Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the man who was hit and killed by the driver of a vehicle when crossing the street at San Bruno Avenue and Dwight Street on the morning of Thursday, June 18, 2020.
Walk San Francisco and members of the San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets stand ready to support the victim’s family and friends however possible.
“Our hearts break at the loss of another precious life to preventable and senseless traffic crashes,” said Jodie Medeiros, executive director of Walk San Francisco.
San Bruno Avenue, from Rickard Street to Dwight Street, is designated “high-injury.” High-injury streets are the 13% of streets where 75% of traffic crashes happen in San Francisco. According to collision data, 63 injury collisions occurred along this stretch of San Bruno Avenue over the last five years. Annual collision numbers along San Bruno have been steadily rising.
“The City is dragging its feet in making our streets safe for everyone who walks, and pedestrians pay the price,” said Medeiros. “We know which streets are the most dangerous, and the solutions to fix them exist. It’s a matter of priorities. More lives will be lost without action.”
“This fatal crash occurred in a part of San Francisco that’s been short-changed in terms of traffic safety improvements,” said Medeiros. “When communities are disproportionately impacted by safety and health risks because highways run through them, the City should be doing even more to protect them from traffic violence.”
Walk San Francisco has been calling on SFMTA to take a series of immediate actions given quickly rising traffic in the city. This includes increasing the number of red light cameras, daylighting the entire high-injury network, and dramatically expanding the left turn calming pilot project. You can read Walk SF’s letter to SFMTA Director Jeffrey Tumlin.
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Walk San Francisco (‘Walk SF’) advocates for safe streets for everyone who walks, which is everyone. Since our founding in 1998, Walk SF has been leading the way to make San Francisco a pedestrian-first city where people of every age and ability can walk safely. Learn more.
San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets is made up of survivors and families whose loved ones have been killed or injured by preventable crashes on our streets. Learn more.