Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

18th and Hartford blocked after Muni bus incident

San Francisco police are investigating an incident involving a Muni bus that apparently hit a woman near 18th  and Hartford streets in the Castro.

At about 4 p.m. today, officers were examining the area under an empty Muni Shuttle bus that was parked in the middle of Hartford. It appeared the bus had been in the middle of making a left turn from 18th when it stopped.

Police have not yet released a statement on what occurred.

No ambulances were at the scene. Eighteenth was blocked off from Castro Street to just past Hartford. More than a dozen police officers were at the scene.

Bystanders, reporters, and TV cameramen crowded the sidewalk outside the bar Moby Dick’s, across the street from the bus, but witnesses to what had actually occurred appeared to be scarce.

Terry Beswick works at the Castro Country Club, just half a block from where the bus sat. He said he didn’t see the incident itself, but he’d come out of the club when he heard sirens. He said that he saw the body of a “young girl,” who appeared to be in her early 20s or late teens, before she was covered up.

He said her head was bloodied and her leg appeared to have been skinned up. Her pink-covered cell phone had still been under the bus, he said.

“There was a lot of blood,” Beswick said, and officials who’d responded to the scene had been checking for a pulse, but they were “not in any hurry.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, August 19, 2011 @ 5:06 pm PST
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