A bicyclist was stuck and killed in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. A food delivery truck driver failed to see her as he turned right on Folsom and Sixth Streets. Amelie Le Moullac, 24, of San Francisco, was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck was not cited by the police at the time of the accident, but further investigation revealed video footage indicating that the driver was at fault.
When the driver was not blamed for the accident, local cyclists protested. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition organized a rally on the same corner as the accident. They called upon government officials to improve safety for cyclists. During the rally, a coalition member visited many of the nearby businesses to ask for surveillance video or witnesses. A surveillance video capturing the accident was located and forwarded to the appropriate authorities.
Evidence obtained from a nearby business shows the truck driver making an improper right turn. The driver, 45-year-old Gilberto Alcantar, appears to be driving too quickly to safely make the turn. The turn was also made from outside the bike lane. Drivers who make right turns on streets with bike lanes are supposed to move into the bike lane prior to making the turn, to avoid accidents like this. Although Alcantar had his blinker on, Le Moullac was right next to the truck and couldn’t see it.
Alcantar is employed by Daylight Foods, a company based in Milpitas. A wrongful death suit has been filed against the company.
This is the third fatal bicycle accident in San Francisco this year.
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