Two Injured After Automobile Careens Into San Francisco Parklet Elevating Security Issues – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Parklets have become a staple outside of restaurants and bars in the San Francisco Bay Area during the pandemic. While they have been a lifesaver for many businesses, they are also vulnerable to fast-paced automobile traffic.
On Monday, a driver crashed into the parklet at The Napper Tandy, an Irish pub and restaurant on South Van Ness and 24th Street. It happened just after 6:30 p.m.
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John Angelico, a witness to the aftermath, shared photos with KPIX 5.
According to the San Francisco Police Department, two people with non-life threatening injuries were rushed to the hospital.
Drugs and alcohol weren’t a factor in the crash. The adult male driver was quoted and released from the scene, according to the police.
“When you eat out you don’t even think of it, but when you see this picture you are definitely more careful,” said Carmen Sosa, who lives nearby.
The parklet on The Napper Tandy’s South Van Ness page has now been completely removed.
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“In the long term, we’re thinking about traffic increases, people are on the move, and more about those things – with a Prius you could do over 9 out of 10 of these things,” said San Francisco Small Business Alliance founder and president Rory Cox .
Cox also owns the YuBalance gym. He decided against building parklets.
“The idea is very cool because you have an extended space in front of your company. It is good for advertising to see how people eat, drink, or in our case, exercise. It’s a really good advertiser, but we’ll be safe again for our employees and our customers, ”he said.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this type of collision.
In October, an elderly driver slammed into an outdoor dining area in San Jose, injuring 8 people. One woman died from her injuries.
In December, a car crashed into a parklet in San Jose’s Willow Glen. The crash overturned part of the cement blockade.
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“Will I perhaps keep an eye on the passing traffic or sit in a different section of the parklet that is not as prone to passing traffic?” thought about Sam Jackson. “But I really enjoyed the parklets here in San Francisco.”