On the very same day Mayor Ed Lee announced he would spend $17 million to tackle pedestrian deaths in San Francisco, a man was hit by a taxi cab as he walked through the city's Cathedral Hill neighborhood.
Around 9:15 p.m., the pedestrian, who was only described as an adult male, was walking along Turk and Van Ness when a cabbie struck him. Witnesses told the cops that the pedestrian did not appear to be in the crosswalk when he was hit, says Officer Gordon Shyy.
The cab driver remained at the scene and the pedestrian was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he's being treated for his injuries, Shyy says.
Mayor Lee's plan centers around spending $17 million to address pedestrian safety issues at 170 of the city's most dangerous intersections -- and, according to WalkFirst, the scene of last night's collision, Turk and Van Ness, is one of those.
"That is a high injury corridor," Nicole Schneider, executive director for WalkFirst, told SF Weekly. "While I don't know the details of the collision, I can say that speed is the most important factor when it comes to a collision. When traveling at 20 mph, a person who is hit has a 85% chance of surviving. When speed increases to 40 mph, the chance of survival decreases exponentially to 5%. It also decreases a drivers field of vision."