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Authorities identify 2 women fatally struck by taxi near Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Officials with the medical examiner’s office identified the two women who were fatally struck by a taxi near San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center on Sunday evening.

Willa Henderson, 31, and Mary Henderson, 72, both of Vero Beach, Fla., were hit and killed around 4:30 p.m. near 3rd and Mission streets.

Police say a third pedestrian who was hit has been taken to hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.

The taxi driver was taken to hospital and is in stable condition.

SFPD PIO Officer Robert Rueca said: ‘Officers responded to the scene and located the pedestrians who were struck by a vehicle that drove onto the sidewalk.

Police said the taxi and a car were both entering the intersection when the accident happened, revealing few other details.

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Ofc. Rueca says: “This vehicle was involved in a collision with another vehicle which remained at the scene.”

The scene drew a lot of attention, blocking traffic for several hours for police to investigate.
ABC7 News also spoke with several local residents, who say they are seeing more and more accidents in the area.

District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey echoed their words. “This is a neighborhood that is disproportionately affected by traffic accidents and sadly this one happened and our hearts sank – there were two deaths here today.”

Ofc. Rueca says, “MTA has worked very hard to try to make these roads as safe for those… be it vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.”

Police say at this time they do not believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, nor do they suspect road rage. They add that it will take time to understand exactly what happened here.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and start the message with SFPD.

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