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Man who died in head-on collision identified as SF State graduate assistant

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A man who died in a head-on collision in San Francisco’s John McLaren Park on Friday evening has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 44-year-old Gerard Graybosch.

The collision was reported at 7:05 p.m. at Mansell Street and Visitacion Avenue, where Chevrolet and Nissan vehicles had crashed, police said.

The Chevrolet driver, later identified as Graybosch, died at the scene while the 30-year-old Nissan driver had complaints of chest pain. No arrest was made in the crash, according to police.

Graybosch had been listed as a graduate assistant in exercise physiology at San Francisco State University, but university officials were not immediately available to provide more information on his affiliation there.

The crash was one of four serious ones in San Francisco on Friday. A woman drove the wrong way on the first block of Leavenworth Street at about 1:50 a.m. and struck a tree, causing her life-threatening head injuries, police said.

A 38-year-old pedestrian also suffered life-threatening injuries when a vehicle hit him in the 200 block of Woodside Avenue shortly before 12:30 p.m., according to police.

A fourth collision was reported around 7 p.m. Friday at Jackson and Divisidero streets, where a vehicle hit and injured a pedestrian crossing the street, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose said Monday.

SFMTA director of transportation Ed Reiskin issued a statement Saturday about the collisions, saying it showed still more work is done to make the city’s streets safer and achieve its Vision Zero goal of ending traffic fatalities in San Francisco.

“Our Vision Zero goal means that we never treat these crashes as mere accidents,” Reiskin said. “Rather, they are a wakeup call to recommit ourselves to ending traffic fatalities on our streets.”

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