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Supe ‘devastated and furious’ over pedestrian killed by taxi

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Pedestrians attend a rally asking for walking safety during seventh annual Walk to Work Day at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Ching Wong/SFBay)

A pedestrian was killed in a traffic collision at Fifth and Market streets on Saturday night, according to an elected official and a community organization that advocates for the safety of pedestrians on San Francisco’s streets.

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney said on social media Saturday night that the fatality involved a woman who was hit by a taxi and died at the scene. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for details on the fatality.

Haney introduced a resolution in July calling for the Board of Supervisors to declare a state of emergency for traffic safety in the wake of a spate of pedestrian deaths.

Following the latest death, Haney wrote Saturday night on Twitter:

“We are devastated and furious.”

The fatality was the 15th of the year involving someone walking or biking in San Francisco, more than double the number for the same time last year, according to the group Walk San Francisco.

The group wrote in a news release:

“These tragic, unnecessary deaths must stop,”

“Our city needs to do whatever it takes to make us all safe on our streets. This could be any of us, killed while simply going about our daily lives.”

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