Monday, November 14, 2011

Wiener Mute on Muni Probe
3-Months After Castro Pedestrian Death

Back in August, I blogged about the death of Emily Dunn, a young pedestrian killed after a Muni bus struck her on a street in the Castro district. Supervisor Scott Wiener was notably quiet about this tragic accident in his district, and in his September newsletter to constituents he mentioned the San Francisco transit agency's probe into the accident:

On September 13, at my request, the Board of Supervisors adjourned in [memory of two pedestrians recently killed in vehicle-involved deaths]. Muni's investigation into Ms. Dunn's death is ongoing, and I am looking forward to finding out exactly what happened and how it will be prevented in the future.

Today, almost three-months after Dunn died and Muni started an investigation, I emailed Wiener and his two staffers requesting an update on the investigation, hoping that he was completed and that the supervisor would provide some all-important follow-up.

Unfortunately, as with too much of Wiener and his office's engagement with Castro stakeholders, they have chosen to remain mute and not respond to my request. IMHO, Wiener should be offering folks a status report about Muni's investigation and where it stands.

The reason why the investigation is on my radar today is because last night, another pedestrian who was hit by a Muni bus passed away from his injuries, according to the Bay City News via the SF Appeal. The dead man has been identified as 71-year-old Manuel Tomaneng and he was struck on Mission Street near 5th.

We need all supervisors staying on top of Muni operations and all investigations they conduct. I hope that Wiener soon shares info on Muni's probe into the factors that led to the demise of Dunn in August.

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