Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bicyclist Killed in Hit and Run Collision at Masonic and Turk

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. Saturday:
SFPD Officer Samson Chan provided further details about last night's fatality collision at Masonic and Turk. The crash occurred at 10:40 pm and involved a 21-year-old white male and a 38-year-old motorist of a 1989 Mercedes. Chan reported that the "victim died from injuries." He added that "the suspect fled the scene but was later caught by officers and arrested and jailed." Further details on the collision are under investigation.

A bicyclist was killed Friday evening about midnight in a collision with a motorist on Masonic Avenue at Turk Street. A neighbor who lives near the intersection reported to BIKE NOPA that when she returned home last night just after the collision occurred she found most of the block cordoned off with tape and about 20 police officers and police photographers at the site. It appeared to her that a driver in a Mercedes and a bicyclist were involved in the crash. Pieces of the bicycle were strewn about half a block with pieces of shattered wheel under the car, and clothes were shredded down the street. "It looked like things did not end well for whomever was on the bike, " she wrote in an email. This morning SFPD Park Station confirmed that the bicyclist was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and had died. No further information is available at this time, but an investigation is underway.

The neighbor who contacted BIKE NOPA added that there are "always terrible accidents at the Turk and Masonic intersection." During a June 15th community meeting about traffic calming for Masonic Avenue, MTA staff presented collision data for the Masonic corridor. Between 2004-2009, 11 collisions involving motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians occurred at Masonic and Turk.

Note: an earlier post mistakenly suggested a possible discrepancy in collision data for this intersection; the differences in analysis exist for the Fell and Masonic intersection instead.


  1. So sorry to hear that this was the outcome of this accident. We live near the intersection and saw the police activity when we got home. Masonic/Turk is a terrible intersection and it seems there's some kind of smashup at least once a month. I'm fairly certain you will find that the number of accidents is higher than what MTA is reporting.

  2. that is terrible :(
    so sorry and uspet to have read this, this AM
    my prayers are with the cyclist +family

  3. How many injuries and deaths have to occur before something is done about this safety hazards on Masonic? Records notwithstanding, lives of people are impacted, and streets are designed to serve people--whether in cars, on bikes, on foot. What if all vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic were halted while the traffic engineers check and re-check their data? I'll bet a solution would be forthcoming much more quickly. Hopefully some modifications can happen before another accident. Thanks for the update, and my sympathies also to the cyclist and driver.

  4. What a tragedy. All my condolences to friends and family. I'm so glad they caught the driver

  5. This morning, Monday, SFPD identified the young man killed on Masonic: a 21 year old German tourist. The name of the motorist has not been released; he was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

  6. what kind of person would leave the scene after literally destroying them on their bike ? what is wrong with people ?! My thoughts go out to the cyclist and his family. so tragic....