San Mateo County conducts pedestrian safety crackdown

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Less than one week after a 81-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed crossing a busy street in Millbrae, San Mateo County deputies conducted a major crackdown on drivers who fail to yield to people in crosswalks.

According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, 37 motorists were cited on Friday for failing to yield to pedestrians who were crossing streets within crosswalks at various intersections around Millbrae, Sgt. Jay Kiely said.

Five other drivers were cited for speeding through intersections, he said.

The pedestrian safety operation was conducted days after San Francisco resident Sinil Park was struck by a Nissan SUV on El Camino Real at Millwood Drive on Jan. 12.

According to a preliminary investigation, Park was crossing El Camino Real in a crosswalk when he was hit, sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

Park was taken to a trauma center at San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died.

The driver of the Nissan, a woman in her 50s, was not injured and stopped at the scene, Rosenblatt said.

It has not been determined if drugs or alcohol were involved.

The case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office, Rosenblatt said. The case will be handed over the district attorney to determine if charges will be filed against the driver, Rosenblatt said.

The sheriff’s office continues to monitor intersections in Millbrae, and motorists were being advised to be mindful of their speeds at all times, and to be aware of pedestrians crossing busy streets.

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