Speed a Factor in Student's Accident
February 4, 2004 1:56 PM
Brian Blank, the 20-year-old male SF State student who was hospitalized Feb. 2 after he rolled a Toyota Matrix, was treated and released from San Francisco General Hospital that same day.
Blank crashed his car as he apparently sped through the curving intersection of 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard.
Witnesses at the scene told SF State police the Toyota had been racing and that Blank was driving over 50 mph, officals said. The speed limit on 19th Avenue is 35 mph.
"He was going too fast," said Sgt. Jennifer Schwartz, of SF State's public safety department.
No one else was hurt.
In the last year, SF State public safety has responded to six other injury accidents on 19th Avenue, Schwartz said. On. Jan. 28, two vehicles were involved in an accident on Crespi Drive and 19th Avenue.
“What you have is a lot of people in a hurry,” said San Francisco Police Department Spokesman Dewayne Tully, of the historically dangerous avenue.
In 2002 there were 11 non-fatal accidents — most of them involving pedestrians, Tully said. Statistics for 2003 are not available.
Despite traffic safety education and enforcement, the collisions still occur, Tully said.
“There are too many drivers who simply will not change their behavior on the street.”
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