January 21, 2021

Pedestrian

A yet-unidentified male pedestrian was struck and killed by a car Tuesday night in San Francisco’s Richmond district, police said.

The man, whose age was not immediately known, was struck while crossing the street at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 38th Avenue. According to Walk San Francisco, a pedestrian advocacy group, he was the 10th pedestrian killed by a car in 2020.

Few details were immediately available on the crash, which occurred at about 6:57 p.m., according to Officer Tiffany Hang of the San Francisco Police Department. An investigation is ongoing. The pedestrian was declared dead at the scene, and the driver of the vehicle remained at the site and cooperated with police, Hang said.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office said the deceased man has not yet been identified.

Most of Geary Boulevard, from downtown to the Richmond District, is part of the city’s Vision Zero High Injury Network, a list of the intersections where most traffic collisions causing injuries or fatalities take place. The network is a key piece of the city’s Vision Zero program, adopted in 2014, with a goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by 2024.

The intersection with 38th Avenue is just outside the most dangerous stretches of Geary Boulevard, but pedestrian advocates say that the city street, wide and straight for most of its length, encourages some motorists to speed.

“Geary is an incredibly dangerous street with high speeds and is designed in a way that makes people think they can drive in a way they shouldn’t,” said Marta Lindsey, a spokeswoman for Walk San Francisco.

While traffic has decreased during the pandemic, she said, speeds have increased in San Francisco and nationwide.

“The trends we’ve seen with increased speeds are leading to a surge in traffic fatalities,” she said.

According to Walk San Francisco, 10% of pedestrians struck by a car traveling 20 mph die compared to 40% at 30 mph and 80% at 40 mph. A proposal to reduce speed limits on five major streets near facilities serving senior citizens — including Geary Boulevard — is being studied by the Municipal Transportation Agency.

With the agency grappling with budget troubles induced by the pandemic and shelter in place orders, pedestrian advocates hope the goals of Vision Zero won’t be left behind.

“We just can’t let those things get lost in the midst of the budget crisis,” Lindsey said.

Michael Cabanatuan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] @ctuan

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The driver has been arrested, police said.

In the wake of the attack, two were pronounced dead, but officials confirmed four people had died — including an infant — and at least 15 were injured. Four of those remain in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Police said the male driver, a German citizen who was arrested on the scene, had a high blood alcohol content and there was reason to believe he was mentally ill.

“We arrested one person and one vehicle was seized,” Trier Police posted on Twitter. “According to initial findings, two people have died. Please continue to avoid the city center.”

The driver, a 51-year-old from Trier-Saarburg, was driving a Land Rover, and investigators said he may have been living in the vehicle.

The authorities have called on the public to avoid the city center and avoid spreading speculation about the incident.

There is no ongoing threat. The pedestrian zone — which in verified footage from the scene appears to be a shopping district in the center of Trier — has been cordoned off. Trier lies just inside the German border with Luxembourg, and the suspect is a 51 year-old from the Trier-Saarburg.

Police tweeted a map of the driver’s 900-meter path — about half a mile — through the city, swerving into pedestrians.

Officials said there did not appear to be a terror or political motive in the incident.

Roger Lewentz, interior minister of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, seemed to condemn speculation online that it had been an Islamist attack, while not saying so directly.

“The perpetrator is from the region with a German background and we can already see on the internet that there are certain speculations, which nobody here will confirm,” Lewentz said.

An official said the man had recently been psychologically evaluated by a doctor at the health ministry.

“I am shocked and deeply shaken by the crime in my hometown #Trier,” Malu Dreyer, a local lawmaker, said in a statement. “My deepest sympathy goes to the relatives of the dead. I wish all the injured will recover soon and quickly.Thanks to all the emergency services. I will be in #Trier soon.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and the Trier Police spokesperson told ABC News it was “way too soon” to establish a motive.

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(This Dec. 1 story corrects age of baby to nine weeks from months after police changed statement)

BERLIN (Reuters) – Five people including a nine-month-old baby were killed and up to 15 injured on Tuesday when a speeding car ploughed into a pedestrian area in the western German city of Trier in what authorities said appeared to be a deliberate act.

Witnesses said people screamed in panic and some were thrown into the air by the car as it crashed through the shopping zone.

“We have arrested one person, one vehicle has been secured,” police said, adding that a 51-year-old German suspect from the Trier area had been overpowered within minutes of the incident and was now being questioned.

Prosecutor Peter Fritzen later told a news conference the suspect had drunk a significant amount of alcohol, and authorities were not working on the assumption that there was any Islamist militant motive to the incident.

Trier Mayor Wolfram Leibe said: “It looks as if we are talking about a suspect with mental issues, but we should not pass premature judgement.”

Authorities said a more thorough assessment of the suspect’s mental health would be necessary to determine whether he could be held criminally liable.

The suspect had spent the last few nights in the vehicle and did not seem to have a fixed address, Trier deputy police chief Franz-Dieter Ankner said. He had borrowed the vehicle, which was registered in someone else’s name, and did not appear to have a police record.

Mayor Leibe said a nine-month-old baby was among the dead.

The interior minister of Rhineland-Palatinate state, Roger Lewentz, said two women aged 25 and 73 and a man, 45, all from Trier, were also killed. Later, police said a fifth person had also died, with German media reporting that the latest victim was a 52-year old woman. Several of the injured were in critical condition.

TRUCK ATTACK

The incident shocked residents of Germany’s oldest town, founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago.

“We have a driver who ran amok in the city,” Leibe told public broadcaster SWR.

“I just walked through the city centre and it was just horrible. There is a gym shoe lying on the ground, and the girl it belongs to is dead,” he said. He told broadcaster N-TV that people who saw the incident were “totally traumatised”.

The Trierischer Volksfreund quoted a witness as saying a Range Rover was driving at high speed and people had been thrown through the air. It said the car had Trier plates.

Officers scoured the area in search of evidence, backed by police carrying automatic weapons. In the streets, Christmas lights twinkled incongruously.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement: “The news from Trier makes me very sad. My sympathy goes to the families of those whose lives were so suddenly and violently torn away from them. I am also thinking of the people who suffered injuries, in some cases very serious ones, and I wish them strength.”

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At least four people have died after a car drove into a pedestrian area in the city of Trier, Germany, on Tuesday.



a group of people walking down the street: Police and ambulances work at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians in Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.


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Police and ambulances work at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians in Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.

In the wake of the attack, two were pronounced dead, but officials confirmed four people had died — including an infant — and at least 15 were injured. Four of those remain in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Police said the male driver, a German citizen who was arrested on the scene, had a high blood alcohol content and there was reason to believe he was mentally ill.

“We arrested one person and one vehicle was seized,” Trier Police posted on Twitter. “According to initial findings, two people have died. Please continue to avoid the city center.”

The driver, a 51-year-old from Trier-Saarburg, was driving a Land Rover, and investigators said he may have been living in the vehicle.

The authorities have called on the public to avoid the city center and avoid spreading speculation about the incident.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Police and ambulances work at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians in Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.


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Police and ambulances work at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians in Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.

There is no ongoing threat. The pedestrian zone — which in verified footage from the scene appears to be a shopping district in the center of Trier — has been cordoned off. Trier lies just inside the German border with Luxembourg, and the suspect is a 51 year-old from the Trier-Saarburg.

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Police tweeted a map of the driver’s 900-meter path — about half a mile — through the city, swerving into pedestrians.

Officials said there did not appear to be a terror or political motive in the incident.

Roger Lewentz, interior minister of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, seemed to condemn speculation online that it had been an Islamist attack, while not saying so directly.

“The perpetrator is from the region with a German background and we can already see on the internet that there are certain speculations, which nobody here will confirm,” Lewentz said.

An official said the man had recently been psychologically evaluated by a doctor at the health ministry.



a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Police cars and ambulances are seen at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians the center of Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.


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Police cars and ambulances are seen at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians the center of Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.

“I am shocked and deeply shaken by the crime in my hometown #Trier,” Malu Dreyer, a local lawmaker, said in a statement. “My deepest sympathy goes to the relatives of the dead. I wish all the injured will recover soon and quickly.Thanks to all the emergency services. I will be in #Trier soon.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and the Trier Police spokesperson told ABC News it was “way too soon” to establish a motive.

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Four people including a nine-month-old baby were killed and up to 15 injured on Tuesday when a speeding car ploughed into a pedestrian area in the western German city of Trier in what authorities said appeared to be a deliberate act.

Witnesses said people screamed in panic and some were thrown into the air by the car as it crashed through the shopping zone.

“We have arrested one person, one vehicle has been secured,” police said, adding that a 51-year-old German suspect from the Trier area had been overpowered within minutes of the incident and was now being questioned, police said.

Prosecutor Peter Fritzen later told a news conference the suspect had drunk a significant amount of alcohol, and authorities were not working on the assumption that there was any Islamist militant motive to the incident.

Trier Mayor Wolfram Leibe said: “It looks as if we are talking about a suspect with mental issues, but we should not pass premature judgement.”

The interior minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Roger Lewentz, said four people had been killed, and four severely hurt people were among the injured. He said the route taken by the driver indicated he had carried out the act on purpose.

Mayor Leibe said a nine-month-old baby was among the dead.

“We have a driver who ran amok in the city,” he told public broadcaster SWR earlier.

“I just walked through the city centre and it was just horrible. There is a trainer lying on the ground, and the girl it belongs to is dead,” he said. He told broadcaster N-TV that people who saw the incident were “totally traumatised” and the street “looks a bit like after a war”.

The incident shocked residents of Germany’s oldest town, founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago.

The Trierischer Volksfreund quoted a witness as saying a Range Rover was driving at high speed and people had been thrown through the air. It said the car had Trier plates.

TRUCK ATTACK

It reported that people screamed in panic when the car drove through the street.

Officers were scouring the area in search of evidence, backed by police dressed in flak jackets and carrying sub-machine guns. On the streets, Christmas lights twinkled incongruously.

Germany has tightened security on pedestrian zones across the country since a truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market in 2016 that killed 12 people and injured dozens.

In October 2019, a man opened fire on a synagogue in the city of Halle. After failing to get into the building he went on a rampage outside, killing two people.

In February this year a racist gunman killed nine migrants in Hanau near Frankfurt before killing his mother and himself. Only about a week later, a local man ploughed his car into a carnival parade in the town of Volkmarsen, injuring 61.

Germany has tightened measures to fight the coronavirus, with bars and restaurants closed, but shops and schools are still open.

“What happened in Trier is shocking.

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(BERLIN) — A car drove into a pedestrian zone in the southwestern German city of Trier on Tuesday, killing two people and seriously injuring 15 others, officials said.

The driver was arrested and the vehicle was impounded, Trier police tweeted. Police and rescue crews were on the scene and authorities told people to avoid the city center.

Mayor Wolfram Leibe told the SWR broadcaster that in addition to the two dead, 15 people had suffered serious injuries.

No details were immediately available on the cause of the crash, and police didn’t answer their phones or email.

Trier is about 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of Frankfurt, near the border with Luxembourg. The city of about 110,000 people is known for its Roman gate, the Porta Nigra, which is near the scene of the crash, and as the birthplace of Karl Marx.

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At least two people have died after a car drove into a pedestrian area in the city of Trier, Germany, on Tuesday.



a group of people walking down the street: Police and ambulances work at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians in Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.


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Police and ambulances work at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians in Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.

“We arrested one person and one vehicle was seized,” Trier Police posted on Twitter. “According to initial findings, two people have died. Please continue to avoid the city center.”

The authorities have called on the public to avoid the city center and avoid spreading speculation about the incident. Several people have been injured, and more information will soon follow, Trier Police said.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Police and ambulances work at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians in Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.


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Police and ambulances work at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians in Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.

There is no indication of an ongoing threat. The pedestrian zone — which in verified footage from the scene appears to be a shopping district in the center of Trier — has been cordoned off. Trier lies just inside the German border with Luxembourg, and the suspect is a 51 year-old from the Trier-Saarburg.



a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Police cars and ambulances are seen at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians the center of Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.


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Police cars and ambulances are seen at the scene where a car drove into pedestrians the center of Trier, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 1, 2020.

“I am shocked and deeply shaken by the crime in my hometown #Trier,” Malu Dreyer, a local lawmaker, said in a statement. “My deepest sympathy goes to the relatives of the dead. I wish all the injured will recover soon and quickly.Thanks to all the emergency services. I will be in #Trier soon.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and the Trier Police spokesperson told ABC News it was “way too soon” to establish a motive.

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A 49-year-old Schaumburg man was hospitalized with serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle Saturday while pushing a disabled vehicle from a roadway in Hoffman Estates, police said.

Police said the man was in stable condition Sunday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

The crash occurred at 6:27 p.m. Saturday at Barrington and Bode roads, police said. It remains under investigation by the Hoffman Estates Police Department’s traffic division and the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team.

Police said neither alcohol or drugs appear to have contributed to the crash.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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TRUMBULL — A pedestrian died Friday after an accident on Canoe Brook Road resulted in her sustaining “serious life-threatening injuries,” according to a news release from police.

A sedan hit 57-year-old Lisa Cimmino, of Trumbull, while she walked on the road, the release read, and she died “just after” 5 p.m. Friday.

Officials sent Cimmino to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport after she received some medical care at the site of the accident, according to the release. She was hit “in the area of Canoe Brook Road near Madison Avenue,” the release read, and the vehicle “immediately came to a stop a short distance away.”


The driver, a man who lives in Trumbull, stayed on site to work with officials, according to the release.



“The Trumbull and Monroe Police Departments’ Traffic Divisions are currently investigating this incident,” the release read. “Due to the conditions surrounding the accident during the preliminary investigation, no charges have been filed.”


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WYOMING, MI – A man died early Thursday, Nov. 12, when he was struck by a car on Burlingame Avenue SW.



a police car parked in a parking lot: Wyoming police are investigating the death of a 45-year-old man who was struck by a car early Wednesday, Nov. 12.


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Wyoming police are investigating the death of a 45-year-old man who was struck by a car early Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Early investigation showed that the victim, Michael Paul Vela, 45, of Wyoming, had been in an argument with the driver, Wyoming police said.

The driver stayed at the scene.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Burlingame, south of Chicago Drive. Vela was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death “but the initial investigation indicates that the driver of the vehicle and Mr. Vela had been in an argument prior to Mr. Vela being hit by the vehicle,” Lt. Eric Wiler said in a statement.

No charges have been filed, police said.

Police asked anyone with information to call investigators at 616-530-7300 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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