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UPDATE: Ying Kuang Killed In San Francisco Truck Accident In Russian Hill Neighborhood By Powell Street and Vallejo Street

Nov 8, 2018

Ying Kuang San Francisco: 86-Year-Old Ying Kuang Died In Commercial Truck Accident By Powell Street and Vallejo Street In San Francisco’s Russian Hill Neighborhood

 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (November 7, 2018) A commercial truck in San Francisco hit and killed an 86-year-old woman identified as Ying Kuang in an accident by Powell Street and Vallejo Street.

Police are saying that the accident happened shortly after noon at around 12:35 p.m. by the intersection of Powell Street and Vallejo Street. Witnesses to the accident are saying that Ying Kuang was hit by a large commercial truck as she was in the crosswalk.

The driver of the truck stopped at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the victim, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another woman identified as Jessica Christie was killed on the same day in a car accident in San Francisco. She was riding her motorcycle in Russian Hill when another car hit her.

Investigating A Truck Accident

Truck accidents cause thousands of people to be seriously injured or killed every year in the United States. Victim’s of truck accidents can feel overwhelmed and not no where to begin. It’s important that victim’s and their family are proactive so that their rights can be protected. Truck companies and their insurers are known to arrive at the scene of an accident within hours to collect and even destroy evidence related to the collision.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) is only required to maintain critical records about a truck accident for six months. A truck accident attorney can take steps to make sure that this evidence is being preserved.

An experienced attorney can put together an investigation response team and take photographs of the roadway and of any debris left by the accident. Witnesses can also be interviewed. A truck’s event data recorder (EDR) can be requested. The EDR contains a digital fingerprint of how a truck was operating directly before a crash. This includes information about a truck’s speed and whether or not the brakes were applied. The truck driver himself/ herself should be interviewed as well. Depending on a number of factors, the company that a truck driver works for may face liability after an accident.

Liability In Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks

Depending on the facts of the case, the truck driver that hit Ying Kuang could be held liable for the accident. Truck drivers have a duty to exercise the utmost caution as they are traveling. San Francisco can be a particularly dangerous place to operate a truck. There are pedestrians everywhere and drivers have to remain constantly vigilant. It takes much longer to stop a truck than it does a car. Trucks are heavier and carry much more momentum than smaller cars.

If a truck driver gets distracted and hits a pedestrian the company that they work for could be liable. Vicarious liability is a key concept in personal injury law. Companies are generally responsible for the negligence of their employees when those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victims of truck accidents or their family may have the ability to file a claim for damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Preserving Your Rights After A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Ying Kuang as they are grieving this incredible loss. It is our sincere hope that witnesses will come forward and speak with police officers in San Francisco. There needs to be measures put in place to help prevent a similar accident from taking place in the future.

Have you or someone that you love been involved in a truck accident in San Francisco? You may have legal recourse. The personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can evaluate every aspect of your case and let you know what your rights are. We’ve been helping families across California for over 40 years and are more than happy to assist you. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a police report after an accident we’re here for you. You can reach us 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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