Pedestrian Death At San Francisco City Hall Brings Walk Safety Home to Lawmakers

A San Francisco City Employee, Priscila “Precy” Moreto, was killed in front of City Hall at approximately 11:00 a.m. on October 23, 2014, while walking in a heavily marked crosswalk as the result of being struck by a tourist bus shaped like a cable car operated by Classic Cable Car Charters.  This tragically adds to the ever mounting toll of pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco.

According to City officials, the City had decided to install a light at that crosswalk due to its long history of traffic injuries, but that installation will still not happen until sometime in mid-2015.  This highlights the fact that it takes sometimes years to install a mere traffic light in San Francisco following a decision to do so, as illustrated by the plight of several dangerous intersections along Sunset and other high-danger streets.  This is particularly frustrating to me as an attorney who represents the victims of pedestrian accidents and their families, as these accidents are preventable and avoidable.

Update:  The driver, Raymond Lucas, a 65-year-old Menlo Park resident, has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

Update (2/20/15):  Traffic light to be installed this summer where this accident occurred.