A young bicyclist is fighting for her life after being struck by a food delivery truck that hurled her clear across a Financial District intersection Wednesday morning, police said.
The victim, an Asian woman in her mid-20s, was struck at Fremont and Mission streets just after 8 a.m., San Francisco police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
She was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition. She suffered serious head trauma among other injuries, Dangerfield said.
The food delivery truck was headed westbound on Mission when the cyclist, who was going eastbound, made an illegal left turn onto Fremont in front of the truck. The woman was not wearing a helmet, Dangerfield said.
The truck driver was not injured and remained at the scene. He was not intoxicated at the time of the crash, Dangerfield said. It was not known how fast he was driving.
The normally bustling downtown intersection was shut down to traffic a block in each direction. But horrified pedestrians got a grim sight on their way to work.
The truck’s windshield was smashed, and part of its hood dented in. A large pool of blood could be seen on the eastern crosswalk in front of the truck, along with one of the victim’s shoes. Her other shoe could be seen behind the truck, with more blood underneath the vehicle.
A construction crew working at the intersection reported hearing a loud bang, but the two hard-hat workers said they did not see the accident, only the aftermath.
Police are still investigating the crash. Cops are examining footage from security cameras that had been mounted on one of the buildings at the intersection, Dangerfield said.