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1 killed and 4 injured in 8-car San Francisco crash

One pedestrian was killed and four other people injured on Thursday morning near San Francisco‘s Lake Merced when a motorist caused a multicar crash that involved seven other vehicles, police said.

The San Francisco Police Department responded to the incident at 7:56 a.m. in the area of Higuera Avenue and Lake Merced Boulevard, where they discovered a male in his twenties in the roadway. The victim was declared dead at the scene.

The four other victims, who had all been in automobiles, were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police didn’t have details on whether they were passengers or drivers.

The driver suspected of causing the wreck was a male in his 30s or 40s. He was also brought to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police are investigating whether drugs and/or alcohol were involved factors in the crash.

This incident is under investigation and anyone with details can call the San Francisco Police Department’s 24-hour tip line at 415-575-4444 or text TIP411 and start the message with SFPD.

No less than 20 people are killed in car crashes on San Francisco streets every year, according to a report from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Association. Of those, about 65% are pedestrians. More than 500 people are hospitalized with severe injuries from traffic crashes annually at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

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