SF State student killed in accident
Sandy Kim, an SF state sociology major, was killed when a vehicle spun onto the sidewalk on 19th Avenue
October 4, 2007 2:18 PM
Sandy Kim, a 21-year-old junior at SF State, was killed when she was struck by a vehicle on the sidewalk at the intersection of 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.
An impromptu memorial with flowers and notes of condolence sits at the site where Kim was hit. The accident took place shortly after 2 p.m., when a Mercedes sedan turning left onto 19th from Sloat struck an Acura SUV traveling west on Sloat. The Acura spun into the sidewalk where in front of Stern Grove, hitting Kim and two other pedestrians.
Kim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where she died following emergency surgery.
The two other pedestrians, a woman and her child, were treated for minor injuries. The drivers of the two vehicles involved in the collision were also treated for minor injuries.
Kim was in her first semester at SF State, after transferring from Laney College in Oakland. She was majoring in sociology at the time of her death, according to SF State Public Affairs.
Ingrid Stark, a professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Laney College, knew Kim for three years. Kim expressed interest in doing counseling work, Stark said.
“The last time she and I spoke was in the spring about her transferring into San Francisco State,” Stark said. “She wasn’t quite sure how she would use her B.A. degree in sociology but she was committed to the discipline because she felt it would help her understand society in a way that would let her do meaningful work with underserved communities.”
Kim had a keen sense of humor, Stark said.
”She was someone that enlivened and enriched class discussions with her insight and humor,” Stark said. “I had her in two different classes, and she was an absolutely extraordinary young woman.”
Khari Johnson, Dylan Silver, and Christina Ngyuen all contributed to this report
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