2 Critically Injured in San Francisco Pedestrian Accident at Mission and 23rd Streets
San Francisco, California (February 13, 2020) – Two pedestrians were struck and critically injured by an alleged DUI driver late Wednesday afternoon in the Mission District neighborhood, according to authorities.
The accident happened at around 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of Mission Street and 23rd Street.
Authorities said a burgundy Toyota Prius was heading westbound on 23rd street and was making a right turn onto Mission Street against a red light when it struck two pedestrians. The Prius then drove onto the sidewalk, where it hit the back of a Muni bus and a female passenger who was exiting the bus.
The two male pedestrians, ages 49 and 34, were transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Their names and current condition were not immediately disclosed.
The passenger on the bus was evaluated at the scene after complaining of pain .
The driver of the Prius and his passenger initially fled the scene, but then later returned. The driver was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The accident remains under investigation.
A person on foot is no match for a vehicle. Pedestrians have virtually no protection when they are hit by cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other vehicles. Sadly, this often leads to catastrophic injuries and/or death. “Due to the incredibly serious nature of these types of injuries, pedestrian accident cases often require special care in order to help ensure victims receive the full compensation they need for extensive medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation therapy, in-home care, lost past and future earnings, and numerous other economic and non-economic damages”, Said Arin Khodaverdian, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.
Arin noted that pedestrians, in most instances, have the right-of-way when crossing a street or an intersection. According to Arin, to properly investigate a pedestrian crash and prove negligence, enough resources are required. “A skilled attorney has the resources and will help investigate the accident to determine the party at fault,” Arin said