Motorcyclist killed in crash on 19th and Holloway
October 16, 2008 10:13 AM
A motorcyclist was killed after a crash occurred Thursday morning between 8:11 a.m. and 8:19 a.m. at the intersection of 19th and Holloway Avenues. The motorcyclist collided with a moving vehicle and suffered fatal head injuries, police authorities said.
Mark Buck, 41, a San Jose resident, was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital at 8:55 a.m., said San Francisco Medical Examiner investigator, Tom McDonald.
A silver Honda Accord allegedly ran a red light going west on Holloway Avenue. The motorcycle skidded and collided with the car's rear passenger side, said witness, Peter Ramos.
Ramos, a street operator inspector who oversees the bus system said he was at his post on the west side of 19th Avenue in his truck and saw the accident. Ramos said he saw the motorcyclist skid to avoid collision with the vehicle coming from his left.
He lost control and hit the back passenger side door, went into shock and was immediately rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, said Jun Takahashi, SFPD officer.
"There was a lot of blood," said Ramos, "The women in the car screamed and ran up the block when they saw what had happened."
The driver of the Honda Accord was a woman in her 30s and had her young daughter as a passenger said police spokesperson, Sgt. Wilfred Williams.
The young girl suffered minor scrapes and bruises, said authorities, and that the car's rear passenger window was shattered and the entire right rear side was damaged.
Ramos said he recognized the biker because he use to drive by at the same time every day.
"I knew it was him when I saw the bike," he said." I liked his bike."
The SF State Police Department was the first on the scene, followed by the SFPD and the Fire Department.
Traffic was diverted from west Holloway Avenue and the two right lanes of of 19th Avenue were closed, said officials.
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