09/14/2010 // San Francisco, CA, US // Mary Alexander // Bay Area injury lawyer Mary Alexander
San Francisco, CA (Bay Area Injury Lawyer News)—An unlicensed driver blamed a mechanical failure for a Tuesday morning, August 24, 2010 crash that left five pedestrians with serious or critical injuries. The SUV accident occurred at 9:36 a.m. in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley. Authorities from the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) reported a Ford Explorer jumped a curb and struck five pedestrians on a sidewalk at San Bruno and Arleta avenues. The victims were apparently standing in front of a San Francisco apartment building near a Muni bus shelter when the collision occurred, according to information provided by the San Francisco Chronicle.
San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak reported an unidentified 24-year-old woman was driving in the southbound lanes of San Bruno Ave. when she lost control of her sport utility vehicle, resultant of an alleged mechanical issue. The female motorist alleged she attempted to apply the Explorer’s brakes, but to no avail. The SUV consequently swerved into the northbound lanes and jumped a sidewalk, striking five pedestrians upon doing so. Eyewitness Ed Sandoval said the driver “couldn’t say anything. She was in shock. She was scared.” Sandoval added, “I told the driver, ‘Don’t run. It’s better if you stay here.’ She said, ‘I’m here. I’m not going anywhere.’”
The motorist was issued a summons for driving without a license and released while the five injured pedestrians were rushed to San Francisco General Hospital. Hospital spokesperson Rachael Kagen noted the injured victims ages varied from the 30s to the 80s. Two people were listed in critical condition while three others were in serious condition. According to San Francisco Police Capt. Louis Cassanego of the Ingleside station, the driver was “very upset” after the pedestrian-involved accident. Investigations into the horrific San Francisco bus stop crash continue.
Leading San Francisco auto accident attorney Mary Alexander, states if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a traffic crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. With over 25 years of experience litigating the multifaceted personal injury claims of accident victims and their families, contacting Bay Area injury lawyer Mary Alexander may help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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