Man killed in collision with van marks first SF pedestrian death of 2015 

An elderly man fatally struck by a van in the Richmond on Wednesday morning is the first pedestrian fatality of the year in San Francisco.

The 87-year-old pedestrian, identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as Alfred Yee, was struck about 10:47 a.m. at Geary Boulevard and 26th Avenue, according to police.

Yee, a San Francisco resident, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Investigators determined Yee was walking north across Geary Boulevard in the crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle making a left turn from 26th Avenue, according to police.

The driver of the van stopped and was not cited at the scene, but the collision remains under investigation, police said.

Nicole Schneider, executive director of pedestrian advocacy group Walk SF, said the driver did not yield to Yee, which is "one of the most common behaviors leading to traffic deaths."

"We need to work harder and work more if we're going to reach our goal of zero traffic deaths by 2024," Schneider added in reference to The City's Vision Zero initiative.

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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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