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SAN FRANCISCO: Ying Kuang Killed In Truck Accident By Powell Street and Vallejo Street In Russian Hills

Nov 7, 2018

Ying Kuang Accident: 86-Year-Old Ying Kuang Died In Car Accident After Being Hit By Large Commercial Truck In Russian Hills

 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (November 7, 2018) An 86-year-old woman identified as Ying Kuang has tragically died in a truck accident by the intersection of Powell Street and Vallejo Street in Russian Hills.

San Francisco police are saying that this was the second fatal accident in the Russian Hills neighborhood. A 23-year-old woman identified as Jessica Christie tragically died after she was hit by a car.

Jessica Christie was riding a motorcycle when another vehicle hit her by Powell Street. She was ejected from her motorcycle and later died due to her injuries at the hospital.

The truck driver that hit Ying Kuang remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. He was not arrested and charges do not appear to have been filed at this time.

Ying Kuang later died due to her injuries. An investigation into the fatal accidents that killed the two women remains ongoing.

The Dangers Of Commuting In The Bay Area

It is well known that the Bay Area can be an extremely dangerous place for pedestrians and cyclists. Some of the most dangerous intersections in California are in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego. On average two pedestrians are hit every day in San Francisco. City officials have created an interactive map that highlights some of the most problematic areas.

A number of unique factors have contributed to the problem. There is a high density of pedestrians and traffic in the Bay Area. Moreover, the makeup of the city’s streets and intersections can lead to accidents. A number of streets are on an incline which can allow vehicles to travel down hills quickly. It’s important that drivers are always vigilant in looking out for pedestrians and applying their brakes when necessary. City officials have come up with a long-term plan to try to curb the number of car accidents in San Francisco.

Vision Zero is San Francisco’s ambitious plan to eliminate traffic deaths in the city. It is a four pronged approach that consists of educating the public, engineering safer streets, enforcing existing laws and evaluating progress. According to city officials, “To be successful in eliminating traffic fatalities, it’s critical to know where, when and why collisions, crashes, or injuries and deaths are happening from a population-level. In order to effectively reduce traffic injury and death, we need to use the most accurate, timely, and complete data available. Routine analysis and reporting ensures assessment of projects and informs future prevention efforts.” When a pedestrian is injured or killed in San Francisco, there are a number of laws designed to protect those victims’ rights.

Liability In San Francisco Pedestrian Accidents

There are a number of entities that may face civil liability for the tragic car accident that killed Ying Kuang. The driver of the truck may face liability if they were negligent in operating their vehicle. Commercial truck drivers are held to a very high standard and must exercise the utmost caution as they go about their tasks. Pedestrians that are in a crosswalk will generally have the right of way. A number of accidents will occur as truck drivers speed or get distracted by their cell phones or GPS. The technology exists to conduct a forensic analysis of a driver’s cell phone to determine if it was being used before a crash. A number of commercial trucks also have event data recorders (EDRs) that store information about a truck’s speed and location prior to an accident.

In addition to driver negligence, there may also be negligence on the part of a city if a dangerous condition in the roadway contributed to an accident. City officials have a responsibility to design, construct and maintain roads that are reasonably safe. When a city is given constructive notice of a dangerous condition in the roadway they must take action to correct the problem. Failure to do so may result in civil liability for an accident caused by that dangerous condition. An intersection can be in a dangerous condition if its line of sight is obscured or if it lacks basic safety features like stop signs or street lights.  A pedestrian accident attorney can evaluate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are.  

Getting A Police Report After A Pedestrian Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Ying Kuang. It is our sincere hope that anyone that may have seen the accident will come forward and speak with investigators. There are so many intersections in San Francisco that are dangerous and need work. City officials should conduct an investigation into the site of this accident and take steps towards helping prevent similar accidents in the future.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident in San Francisco you may have legal recourse. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys can evaluate every aspect of your case and take steps to preserve your rights. We’ve been helping families across California for over 40 years and will fight hard to get you the justice that you deserve.  Whether you are looking to get a police report after an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. SF Examiner. Women killed in North Beach collisions Monday identified as Concord, SF residents. November 7, 2018.
  2. SF. Vision Zero SF – Zero Traffic Deaths In San Francisco. 2018.

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