Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Ex-Muni driver acquitted in Castro pedestrian’s ’11 death

Police investigate the scene of Emily Dunn's death in August 2011. (Photo: Seth Hemmelgarn)

Police investigate the scene of Emily Dunn’s death in August 2011. (Photo: Seth Hemmelgarn)

Jurors in San Francisco today (Friday, February 27) acquitted a former Muni bus driver who’d been criminally charged after he fatally struck a pedestrian in a Castro crosswalk in August 2011.

Wallace Loggins, 39, was found not guilty of involuntary vehicular manslaughter in the death of Emily Dunn, who’d been crossing Hartford Street at 18th Street when Loggins hit her with his empty bus as he turned left onto Hartford.

In his closing argument before retired Judge Jerome Benson Wednesday, February 25 in San Francisco Superior Court, defense attorney Stuart Hanlon faulted Muni for not providing training to Loggins and others that could have prevented Dunn’s death. Hanlon argued that drivers had not been instructed in dealing with a specific blind spot.

Video footage played in court showed Dunn crossing the bus’s path just before the turning vehicle struck her.

In a phone interview Friday, Hanlon said jurors he spoke with were critical of the city’s transit agency, and they “were surprised Muni let the situation exist.”

“They couldn’t see what the driver did wrong,” he said.

Loggins, who was not in custody during his trial, said in an interview Saturday, February 28 that he was “relieved” at the verdict.

“It was an unfortunate accident,” he said. “My condolences go out to the family. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to apologize to them face to face, because they wouldn’t allow that, so I didn’t have a chance to do that. I wish I could have.”

Loggins, who recently lost his job as a warehouse supervisor and is now unemployed, criticized authorities for spending resources on the long process.

“I don’t know who paid for the trial, but I just think it was a waste of money and a waste of time for the jurors, and it took way too long,” he said. “It took almost four years to get this taken care of, and that was just ridiculous.”

Assistant District Attorney Aaron Laycook prosecuted Loggins. Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, declined to comment on the case.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 27, 2015 @ 11:39 pm PST
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