Muni Car Severs Woman's Leg
October 18, 2004 10:27 PM
An unidentified woman had her leg severed after she was hit and caught under a K-line Muni car last Wednesday.
According to police and eyewitnesses, the young woman was attempting to catch the westbound K-line car when she ran into the intersection of Miramar and Ocean Avenue at 2:58 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13.
The Muni car had a green light, according to Sgt. Bragagnola of the San Francisco Police Department. Paramedics took the girl to San Francisco General Hospital, and as of 9 p.m., she was in serious but stable condition.
Caitlin Pettus was reading a book on that westbound car when it suddenly came to a screeching halt, propelling passengers out of their seats.
“I thought we had hit a car,” said Pettus, 21.
The car remained still with its doors unopened for several minutes, and looking out the window, Pettus said she could see the victim’s upper torso sticking out from under the wheels. Then, Pettus said, the driver made an announcement.
“You can stay on the train or get off,” said the driver. “There has been an accident.”
At the same time, Jennifer Newbold and her twin sister Rebeka saw the accident occur as they drove to SF State campus.
They quickly called 9-1-1, Jennifer said, and pleaded for them to come quickly.
“This girl is dying- she’s bleeding in the middle of the street,” said Jennifer, a journalism student at SF State. “She is gonna die here.”
Jennifer said that after the accident, the Muni driver repeatedly claimed that the light was green.
One passenger attacked the Muni driver, accusing him and waving a backpack until he was restrained, said Rebeka.
“He kept saying, ‘He has no remorse, he has no remorse, he doesn’t give a shit,'” Rebeka said.
The young woman’s name, and whether she attends SF State, could not be determined.
Officer Barbara Dullea said she was one of the first officers on the scene. She discovered the victim’s age from her passport, but could not release the victim’s age until her family members were notified.
“I wouldn’t expect that, you know,” Officer Dullea said. “To go out and catch the bus and not come back in the same way you went out.”
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