A 39-year-old man visiting San Francisco with his wife was killed and his wife critically injured when they were hit by a car.
The Clovis, California, residents were in the city to celebrate their anniversary.
Police said a 21-year-old woman was driving a rented Tesla north on Taylor Street in the Tenderloin district and ran the red light at the O’Farrell Street intersection.
The Tesla then hit a Mini Cooper and spun out of control, running into the couple.
The man died of his injuries at a San Francisco hospital. The woman is expected to survive.
While the crash remains under investigation, police said preliminarily that the Tesla was not running on autopilot at the time of the collision. The Tesla’s data storage device has been removed and should provide more evidence for investigators.
The Tesla driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
Walk San Francisco reported that the man was the 14th pedestrian or cyclist to die in the city this year. The man in this incident was the second pedestrian in a week to die on city streets, and a San Francisco official introduced legislation to immediately enact safety measure in the downtown area. That would include lowering speed limits, upping traffic enforcement and adding red light cameras.
That likely is little consolation to friends and family of the Clovis couple. Both worked for Fresno County, and their neighbors and co-workers said they were heartbroken about the man’s death. The couple had been married just three years, and the man left behind three teenage sons from a prior relationship. He was their only parent; their mother died of a stroke.
The children will need support, both emotionally and financially, as they move forward. Someone will need to care for them while their stepmother is unable to. An attorney can advise family members about the legal steps they will need to take to secure the future of the children.