Boy struck and killed by Muni train 

click to enlarge Muni crews work to extract a boy's body from underneath a train Tuesday morning. - GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Muni crews work to extract a boy's body from underneath a train Tuesday morning.

A 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a Muni light-rail vehicle Tuesday morning in Ingleside.

The crash was reported at 8:28 a.m. near the intersection of San Jose and Lakeview avenues.

The train was traveling slowly through the intersection, which has no stop signs but instead a yield sign, when the boy ran in front of it seemingly hoping it would stop so he could board, according to a witness. The train dragged the boy for 20 feet or so, the witness said.

Muni said it was investigating the incident and would not confirm the witness's report.

Police Officer Albie Esparza said "it's too soon" to definitively say whether the train had the right of way. He did confirm that the boy ran diagonally in front of the train, and that caused a car to make an abrupt stop. The boy then "pivoted off the car" and into the path of the train.

Esparza added that the boy lived in the neighborhood.

The boy's body remained under the vehicle as of 10:20 a.m., and Muni spokesman Paul Rose said the process of extraction can take hours.

“This a tragic incident,” said Rose.

The driver of the train, described as a veteran operator, will undergo drug alcohol tests and be placed on non-driving status, Rose said.

There were no passengers aboard the train at the time of the collision.

Rose said there are 12 cameras inside and outside the vehicle, and Muni will provide the footage to police.

The San Francisco Unified School District released a statement late Tuesday morning saying the boy attended a public school in The City. The district, however, did not name the school as it awaited permission from the family to release that information.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends, teachers and other community members affected by this terrible loss," Superintendent Richard A. Carranza said in a statement. "I know we all share in our city’s collective grief today.”

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Born and raised in San Francisco, Fitzgerald Rodriguez was a staff writer at the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and now writes the S.F. Examiner's political column On Guard. He is also a transportation beat reporter covering pedestrians, Muni, BART, bikes, and anything with wheels.
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