Last updated: 05:55 PM ET, Sun January 17 2016

San Francisco Tour Bus Kills Pedestrian

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | January 17, 2016

San Francisco Tour Bus Kills Pedestrian

A San Francisco tour bus struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday afternoon, according to SFGate

The victim has not been identified, but witnesses told SFGate that he appeared to be in his 70s and was crossing Post Street at a red light at Divisadero Street. The double-decker Hop-on Hop-Off Tour Bus crushed the man under its wheels, San Francisco police Officer Carlos Manfredi told SFGate.

Police didn’t provide many details, but they did say, based on witness accounts, that the man was crossing against a red light, SFGate reported. They told the newspaper they will be reviewing surveillance footage of the crash.

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Former San Francisco police officer and painting contractor Frank Zarich told the newspaper that he saw the man waving and shouting at the bus as it was turning onto eastbound Post Street.

“The old guy was at the intersection, waving his arms at the bus,” Zarich said. “He was looking right at the bus, shouting something and waving his arms.”

Zarich told SFGate that as the bus made a right turn, he became distracted by a motorist running a red light. When he turned back to look at the man, he was nowhere to be seen.

This is not the first time something like this has happened in San Francisco. In 2014, a Classic Cable Car Charters vehicle struck and killed a 68-year-old city worker, SFGate reported. On Nov. 13, 2015, mechanical problems led to a City Sightseeing double-decker bus crashing in Union Square, resulting in 20 people being injured.

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It was later discovered that the City Sightseeing bus had not been inspected by the California Highway Patrol and was not registered with state regulators as required by law, SFGate reported.

Meanwhile, state legislators are pushing for tougher regulation of the tour bus industry. State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, told SFGate on Saturday that the latest tragedy is more proof that there need to be regulations in the industry. He and fellow legislators plan to introduce reform bills later this month.

“We need to look at this and see where the regulations are not adequately providing safety,” he said. “We want to know what we can do to better enforce and oversee an industry that is growing and may be unsafe.”


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