Lethal weapon. Pedestrian killed by car on Geary Blvd. in S.F.’s Richmond District

The streets of San Francisco are increasingly dangerous.

What makes this incident more personal is that we live less than three blocks from where this pedestrian was killed by a careless motorist.

Nobody should forget for a second that cars are lethal weapons.

San Francisco Chronicle 12.2.2020

A yet-unidentified male pedestrian was struck and killed by a car Tuesday night in San Francisco’s Richmond district, police said.

The man, whose age was not immediately known, was struck while crossing the street at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 38th Avenue. According to Walk San Francisco, a pedestrian advocacy group, he was the 10th pedestrian killed by a car in 2020.

Few details were immediately available on the crash, which occurred at about 6:57 p.m., according to Officer Tiffany Hang of the San Francisco Police Department. An investigation is ongoing. The pedestrian was declared dead at the scene, and the driver of the vehicle remained at the site and cooperated with police, Hang said.

According to Walk San Francisco, 10% of pedestrians struck by a car traveling 20 mph die compared to 40% at 30 mph and 80% at 40 mph. A proposal to reduce speed limits on five major streets near facilities serving senior citizens — including Geary Boulevard — is being studied by the Municipal Transportation Agency.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office said the deceased man has not yet been identified.

Dangerous Geary Boulevard in San Francisco

The intersection with 38th Avenue is just outside the most dangerous stretches of Geary Boulevard, but pedestrian advocates say that the city street, wide and straight for most of its length, encourages some motorists to speed.

“Geary is an incredibly dangerous street with high speeds and is designed in a way that makes people think they can drive in a way they shouldn’t,” said Marta Lindsey, a spokeswoman for Walk San Francisco.

While traffic has decreased during the pandemic, she said, speeds have increased in San Francisco and nationwide.

“The trends we’ve seen with increased speeds are leading to a surge in traffic fatalities,” she said.

With the agency grappling with budget troubles induced by the pandemic and shelter in place orders, pedestrian advocates hope the goals of Vision Zero won’t be left behind.

“We just can’t let those things get lost in the midst of the budget crisis,” Lindsey said.