A car struck a man standing in front of a bus shelter at 16th and Mission streets just before 8 p.m. on Saturday, according to witnesses, prompting Mission Street between 16th and 17th to be closed off for several hours.
As of Monday, the victim was in life-threatening condition, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
At around 8 p.m., a red sedan turned right onto Mission from 16th and drove “full speed” into a man who was standing in front of a bus shelter on the west side of Mission Street near the intersection, according to a witness. He said he saw the man “fly up in the air” after being hit by the car. “The guy was flippin’ up in the air,” he said. And afterward, he said, “it looked like he was unconscious.”
“It looked like a NASCAR race,” the witness said. “It came quick.”
He said the red sedan then stopped in the middle of the block, and the driver, a woman, got out of the car to check on the man.
Police and medics arrived two minutes later, he said. The man was on the ground for 10 minutes before he was rushed off in an ambulance.
Another witness, Caleb Rogers, did not see the moment of impact, but told Mission Local the woman kept driving after the collision and “pulled over haphazardly and stayed in her vehicle for quite some time.”
“Her windshield had a massive head sized smash in it,” he said in an email.
Rogers said he was among the first to give the man first aid. The victim was not breathing at first, Rogers said, but “I felt a pulse and was going to check his airway when he coughed blood and began heavy, labored breathing.”
“A great deal of blood issued from his mouth,” Rogers continued.
By that time, an officer had arrived and said into his radio, “Possible fatality,” according to Rogers.
Bystanders gave Rogers a washcloth, and a woman had also joined in, giving the man aid, he said. “For about another five minutes, the woman soothed the man while I wiped away the blood he was coughing up.”
Medics soon arrived, he said.
Photos taken immediately following the incident show blood on the street in front of the bus shelter. Around 9 p.m., a red sedan with a shattered windshield was parked along Mission Street near 17th Street. Its driver was talking to a police officer.
Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping.