Child on bike struck, critically injured in San Francisco

A little boy was critically injured Thursday when he was hit by a pickup truck, near Golden Gate Park.
April 10, 2014 9:37:55 PM PDT
A little boy was critically injured Thursday when he was hit by a pickup truck, near Golden Gate Park. It happened at 43rd Avenue and Fulton Street while he was crossing the street.

It happened right before the family's eyes. Their 3-year-old boy was crossing the street in the crosswalk, when a pickup truck turned and hit him. The family is in tears, the driver in shock and that child is now in the hospital.

"I was just about -- right there. I was just right there, second car," said Dmitry Unger. He was just waiting in traffic when he heard screams of panic. "And when I turned around and stopped, I see a little kid laying, blood all over."

Police say a 3-year-old boy was crossing the street with his little red bicycle when he was hit by this silver pickup. The driver was going the same direction as the little boy, but turned left and ploughed straight into him.

"The child was struck and run over," said San Francisco Police spokesperson Officer Gordon Shyy.

Police say the child was possibly dragged 10 or 15 feet from the crosswalk. You can see the blood on the pavement.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say the boy was crossing ahead of his family, who stayed back on the sidewalk. The driver may not have seen him at all.

"The vehicle continued a short way and realized they may have struck something, made a U-turn," said Shyy.

"The driver was just shocked and standing right there," said Unger.

Police say the driver is cooperating with investigators. They didn't arrest him, but they did take him in for questioning. Neighbors say it's not the first time tragedy's struck at that crosswalk.

"It's a very dangerous intersection," said neighbor Boris Gavanos. He says the city has made improvements that have helped a lot, but he still worries drivers won't see him crossing the street. "Sometimes you have to raise your hand and stop the vehicles."

Police closed down three blocks of Fulton, treating it as a crime scene. The pickup and that little red bike were taken into evidence as investigators try to get some answers for a family in shock.


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