Google Street view of the intersection of 24th and San Jose.

An 85-year-old man died after he was struck by a driver last Tuesday at the intersection of 24th Street and San Jose Avenue, police said. 

The man died at the hospital on Saturday, days after the incident. The man’s identity is unclear. The San Francisco Medical Examiner could not release the man’s name, as the office has not yet located his next of kin.

The driver, a 52-year-old man, struck the elder man with a Toyota Corolla at around 8:30 p.m. last Tuesday. He remained at the scene following the collision and cooperated with investigators. The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police do not suspect the driver was inebriated. 

In seeking public assistance via a news release on Tuesday, police provided few details. It’s unclear whether the driver was traveling above the speed limit, and in which direction. 

Jon Ennis, a resident who lives near the intersection, said that at around dinner time last Tuesday he heard the screeching of anti-lock car brakes. When he went outside, he saw a man crouching on the pavement on his hands and knees near a crosswalk that cuts across 24th Street from San Jose. An ambulance quickly arrived and provided treatment to the man. 

Ennis noted that there is no stop sign at the intersection, despite there being a crosswalk, and said that “once every quarter” there is some kind of collision at the intersection. He said drivers traveling east down 24th Street tend to drive fast toward the green lights at Valencia and 24th. 

He believed the driver last Tuesday night was driving east toward Valencia. 

“It’s totally f’ed up, right?” he said about there being no stop sign. 

Police ask that “anyone who witnessed the collision or has evidence that may be useful to investigators, to please contact the SFPD. Please call the SFPD 24 Hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.”  

We will update this story if and when the SFPD provides more information.

Julian Mark

Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. Before joining Mission Local, he wrote for the East Bay Express, the SF Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Business Times.

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  1. Just an FYI: Cars have brakes, not breaks, and anti-lock brakes don’t screech, as they are designed not to lock-up, causing that sound.

  2. How sad, condolences to the victim’s family. That intersection is tricky and could benefit from updated paint, lights, and additional safety measures.

  3. one the worst intersections in the area. just another obvious problem around which full-time tax payer funded city employees (with benefits) point fingers at one another.

  4. more stop signs or lights TRAFFIC CALMING! Wheres anyone really going anyway!!!!
    Stay at home dum dumbs

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