A hit-and-run accident near City College of San Francisco Sunday morning left a popular San Francisco DJ seriously injured. Authorities say the accident occurred shortly after midnight near the corner of Ocean and Geneva Avenues in San Francisco.
Police say nearby firefighters witnessed the bicycle accident in the Ingleside neighborhood, but witnesses were unable to provide police with a description of the vehicle that sped off after striking the cyclist.
Authorities say the accident victim fell from his bike before the crash. The unidentified vehicle struck the bicyclist and fled from the scene of the accident. Emergency crews took the accident victim to San Francisco General, where the injured rider is recovering in the intensive care unit. Authorities report the bike accident victim suffered a broken pelvis.
San Francisco law enforcement continues to investigate and seek information related to Sunday's Ingleside neighborhood bicycle accident.
In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released updated data regarding fatal bicycle accidents. The NHTSA says more than 600 people died in bike accidents in 2010 and roughly 51,000 cyclists suffered personal injuries. Unfortunately, all-too-often, injury producing and fatal bicycle accidents are further complicated by a driver who fails to stop after the crash.
Although the 618 fatalities and 51,000 in 2010 is a slight improvement from recent years, the numbers remain staggeringly high. The NHTSA says 716 people died in bike accidents in 2008 and as many as 760 fatalities were reported nationwide in 1998.
The California Office of Traffic Safety says the fatality rate in California has improved in recent years. The latest numbers available on California bike accidents show 99 fatalities were recorded in 2009, down from 109 in 2008 when California ranked second in the nation for fatal bike accidents.
Source: SF Weekly, "DJ Toph One: Benefits to be Held for Cyclist Hurt in Hit-and-Run," Erin Sherbert, Jan. 11, 2012