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Release date: 9/10/09

*** Press Release ***

SFMTA Update and Statement on LRV/Pedestrian Accident

The SFMTA today issued the following update and statement on an accident this morning between a Muni light rail vehicle (LRV) and a pedestrian.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, a witness reported finding an injured male at 9:08 a.m. on the Muni light rail right-of-way near the intersection of Church and 22nd streets.

The 58 year-old male was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m. The SFPD has not released the name of the man pending notification of his next of kin.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends," said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Executive Director/CEO of the SFMTA. "We will continue to work closely with the police on this investigation to get to the bottom of what happened."

The SFMTA has retrieved and reviewed onboard video that appears to show that a man resembling the man who died got off on an outbound (southbound) Muni S-Castro Shuttle LRV shortly before the injured man was found by a witness. The video shows the man getting off of the LRV through the rear doors at a designated stop along the Muni right-of-way just before the intersection of Church and 22nd streets. The man walks approximately 20-30 feet alongside the LRV in the same direction (south). The LRV begins to move and while the man is walking he appears to fall and is no longer visible in the video.

The San Francisco Police Department’s ongoing investigation prevents the SFMTA from publicly releasing the video at this time.

In the video, witnesses on the rear of the train appear to have noticed that something had happened, but there is no indication that anyone alerted the Muni Operator, and the Operator did not make a report to Muni Central Control.

There were a number of passengers on the LRV who have not been identified. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to call the San Francisco Police Department Hit and Run Detail (which handles serious and fatal traffic investigations) at 415.553.1641.

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