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.