A 4-year-old girl was killed in a fatal crash in San Francisco. The girl was being pushed in a stroller by her parents when they were struck by a car at the intersection of King and 4th streets. The driver, a 71-year-old woman, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter. The incident has raised concerns about pedestrian safety in the area. Breaking News in USA Today reported
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Further details have emerged regarding a tragic incident in San Francisco, where a 4-year-old girl lost her life in a fatal crash.
According to SFPD Officer Robert Rueca, “Officers arrived at the scene and found three pedestrians who had been struck. A young girl and an adult male were injured as a result of the collision. Officers promptly provided assistance and medical personnel were called to transport the injured pedestrians to the hospital due to their life-threatening injuries.”
The San Francisco Police Department confirmed that the 4-year-old girl was in a stroller being pushed by her parents, who were visiting the city and were crossing at the intersection of King and 4th streets.
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On Wednesday, residents paid their respects by leaving flowers at the spot where the family was struck.
Many expressed concerns for their safety, with a traffic control officer confirming that one of his colleagues, who had provided assistance to the family, had to take the day off due to the traumatic scene.
SFPD has not released specific details regarding the cause of the collision, but they have confirmed that the driver remained at the scene. The driver, identified as 71-year-old Karen Cartagena, was later arrested on three counts of failing to yield to pedestrians and one count of vehicular manslaughter.
Officer Rueca stated, “Our traffic collision investigation unit conducted an investigation at the scene and determined probable cause for the arrest. The preliminary findings from SFMTA indicate that this was not a speeding crash, but rather a failure to yield when turning.”
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According to SFMTA data, there have been a total of 12 collisions resulting in 19 injured victims at the intersection of 4th and King streets between 2019 and 2023. Tuesday’s tragic incident marks the first fatality at this location.
Within an hour on Wednesday, several near-miss incidents were observed at the intersection, with multiple cars coming dangerously close to pedestrians who had the right of way, and many vehicles speeding through the area.
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Janelle Wong, executive director for San Francisco’s Bicycle Coalition, is urging the city to take action. She stated, “It’s heartbreaking. This intersection is included in the high injury network for Vision Zero, and measures need to be implemented. The design should prioritize pedestrians by giving them the right of way, with cars either having a red light or yielding.”
Regarding the driver, SFPD confirmed that “impairment due to drugs or alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time.”
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