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‘This Was Intentional’: Driver Plows into Muni Bus, Injuring Multiple Pedestrians
Monday, July 04, 2022

‘This Was Intentional’: Driver Plows into Muni Bus, Injuring Multiple Pedestrians

A driver slammed into a Muni bus in the Marina late Saturday morning, causing multiple injuries to pedestrians, according to a witness and the police.

Just after 11 a.m., a driver in a white SUV traveling westward on Lombard Street hit a 22-Fillmore bus at a speed sufficient to turn the bus all the way around, according to witness Eric Kingsbury, who posted several tweets about it. The collision left multiple bus riders bleeding, including a young child with lacerations on her face.

Kingsbury estimated that the driver may have been going as fast as 80 miles per hour. Referring to one passenger, he told The Standard that “there was so much blood pouring out of her face it looked like she had red-colored hair.”

“I’ve never seen something quite that aggressive when it comes to a collision,” he added. “Everyone is really shaken up.”

Police arrived on the scene to find multiple pedestrians injured and multiple vehicles ensnared in the crash, according to San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca. As of early Saturday afternoon, six people had been transported to hospitals to receive care for their injuries. 

The suspected driver has been detained and an investigation is underway, Officer Rueca added. People are advised to avoid the area, which has been closed to traffic in order to conduct the investigation.

Kingsbury said he spoke to three pedestrians who were in the crosswalk. One woman told him that the driver continued to barrel west down Lombard Street, blaring his horn despite seeing them in the street.

“She was very frightened and upset, just shaking,” Kingsbury said, adding that the woman told him, “There must be something wrong with [the driver]. This was intentional. He was going so fast and he was blaring his horn. It had to be intentional.”

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Kingsbury, a pedestrian advocate and president of the District 2 Democratic Club, said the crash highlighted the abysmal failure of Vision Zero, San Francisco’s goal to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024. Perhaps the most significant element is declining enforcement: In April, SFPD issued 338 traffic violation tickets, compared to 11,612 in April 2014, the San Francisco Chronicle has reported

Kingsbury happened to be on the scene in November when Andrew Zieman, a 30-year-old San Francisco paraeducator, was killed by a driver outside Sherman Elementary School, where Zieman worked and which he attended as a child.

“It just doesn’t seem like we’re taking Vision Zero seriously,” Kingsbury said. “I’m kind of at a loss here. It’s happening way too frequently. I don’t know what’s going to shake us to make sure we enforce our traffic laws and keep the people of our city safe when they’re walking, scooting, biking or even driving.”  

Anyone with information may contact SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 starting with the message “SFPD.”

Ida Mojadad can be reached at [email protected].
  • “Kingsbury, a pedestrian advocate and president of the District 2 Democratic Club, said the crash highlighted the abysmal failure of Vision Zero, San Francisco’s goal to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024.”

    Really? Exactly how do you legislate to keep something like this from happening? It is statements like that from zealots that are unproductive at best.

  • “It just doesn’t seem like we’re taking Vision Zero seriously,” Kingsbury said

    … Because Vision Zero isn’t a serious concept and it’s policies and implementation are having an inverse effect on safety. Why do you Prop A failed?

  • It’s obvious that what is needed is commonsense automobile control legislation- including background checks and waiting periods in order to purchase a car. Cars kill over 30,000 people per year in America, and maim and paralyze countless more. We also need to start holding automakers liable for their products being used to maim and kill as in this terrible tragedy. We demand Car Control now!

  • This crash is a failure of Vision Zero? What design or enforcement or education could have prevented this from happening? Should we put speed humps every 100’ on Lombard so traffic never goes faster than 15mph? We’ll need speed humps on all the neighboring streets too. Even a speed camera can’t stop someone on a homocidal Mission to slam into a bus. Seems that it is easy to blame Vision Zero or to blame the city when the responsibility lies with reckless individuals. How about we blame the perpetrator of traffic violence in cases like this?

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