An elderly pedestrian is removed from the scene by medical examiners after she was struck and killed by an SFPUC vehicle at Ocean and Miramar avenues on Feb. 9. RAMSEY EL-QARE / THE GUARDSMAN
By Alex Emslie
A woman was struck and killed by a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission truck at the intersection of Miramar and Ocean avenues at about 1:40 p.m. on Feb. 9.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed Xiu Fang Huang, 63, died Feb. 9 at the scene of the accident.
According to witnesses at the scene, Huang was in the crosswalk of Ocean Avenue when the truck ran her over.
Max Heine had just disembarked from the Muni K-line train when he saw the accident. He said the two passenger-side tires of the truck rolled over Huang before the truck’s small trailer came to a stop on top of her.
“She tried to get her head up to look around,” Heine said. “Then she put her head back down and died, I guess.”
City College student Khalil Judie also witnessed the accident. He said the Huang’s head, “smacked on the cement as the truck was running her over. She looked up at us. Then the trailer stopped on top of her.”
Heine and Judie both said the city employees in the SFPUC truck did not touch Huang after they stopped and discovered what had happened. One city worker started praying while the others placed road cones around the body, according to several witnesses.
“We’re still trying to ascertain the cause,” said San Francisco Police Department Officer Leroy Thomas.
SFPD Officer Sam Chan said the name of the driver is not yet available and the investigation is ongoing. He added that the driver has submitted to a drug test and is cooperating with police.
“There’s no way it could be her fault,” Judie said. “It has to be the fault of the truck. They had to see her. The other car in front of them made the light. The truck should have stopped.”
Medical examiners removed the body from the scene of the accident at about 3:50 p.m.
Tyrone Jue, a public information officer for SFPUC, said the driver “is a 23-year veteran with the city.” This specific crew and truck were part of the water department of SFPUC and were on their way to job on Pacific Ave.