Police hand out citations to pedestrians in SoMa

August 6, 2011 6:16:12 PM PDT
Just two days after a nine-year-old child was critically injured while crossing the street, San Francisco Police patrolled intersections in the South of Market neighborhood looking for pedestrian safety violations.

Police handed out citations around Fifth and Market Streets on Saturday just blocks from where nine-year-old Ryan White was struck by an alleged drunk driver two days earlier.

"The district -- District Six -- has the highest incidents of fatalities and injuries, and we want to bring those numbers down," said Susan Nelson with the Southern Station Community Police Advisory Board. "The injury that happened (on Thursday) is a good example of how dangerous our intersections are."

Members of the advisory board also handed out fliers about pedestrian safety.

White is still listed at a San Francisco-area hospital in critical condition. The child was struck by a pickup truck blocks from AT&T Park after a ball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies.

White and his family were visiting San Francisco from Philadelphia.

Andrew Alan Vargas, 21, was arrested in Hayward on suspicion of drunk driving and felony hit-and-run less than an hour after the incident.


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