San Francisco Collision Claims Life of 4-Year-Old: Driver in Custody

A driver has been taken into custody in relation to the collision that occurred on Tuesday in San Francisco, resulting in the tragic death of a 4-year-old girl.

Police have announced that Karen Cartagena, 71 years old, was arrested on charges of failing to yield to pedestrians and vehicular manslaughter on Wednesday.

The young girl, along with her parents, was struck while attempting to cross the street at the intersection of Fourth and King streets. Unfortunately, the girl lost her life and her father sustained critical injuries.

Emergency responders faced a chaotic situation as they worked to free the child from underneath the SUV.

While the exact details of the crash were not immediately provided by the police, an eyewitness reported that the father, mother, and the child, who was in a stroller, had just begun to cross the street.

Cartagena remained at the accident scene, according to the police statement.

Advocates for pedestrian safety have expressed concerns about the intersection’s security.

Marta Lindsey from Walk San Francisco stated, “Pedestrians are not safe at that intersection. It’s a very large and wide crossing area with significant distance to cover. The presence of light-rail tracks and multiple lanes of traffic makes it extremely busy.”

Transportation authorities have reported a total of 12 accidents at this intersection since 2019.

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