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By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on September 14, 2018 1:16 pm
A cyclist struck by a driver midday Thursday on Howard Street died later that night, officials confirmed Friday.
Russell Franklin, 56, was cycling near Howard and South Van Ness streets around noon when he was struck by a driver, according to officials and witnesses at the scene.
Franklin died at 9:30 p.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, according a hospital spokesperson.
The collision occurred just a stone’s throw from a People Protected Bike Lane protest at Howard and Third Streets, where dozens of bicycling activists joined hands to advocate for more and better protected bike lanes, and to decry vehicle intrusions into bike lanes.
One of those would-be protesters, Taylor Ahlgren, 36, came upon the collision on his way to the People Protected Bike Lane protest and tried to save Franklin’s life.
While walking through South of Market to the protest, Ahlgren said, “I heard a loud screech and a loud thud. I looked up and saw this person and bicycle flying through the air. I think I shouted ‘oh frock!’ and started sprinting over there.”
Ahlgren, who said he is trained in basic first aid, immediately went to Franklin’s side and offered shade from the sun. He checked Franklin’s pulse, and found none. He turned Franklin from his side to his back. The driver kept saying ‘he came out of nowhere, he came out of nowhere.’
Franklin was bleeding profusely, and the right side of his head was covered in blood, Ahlgren said.
“I just remember when his pulse came back,” Ahlgren said. “He started coughing a bit.”
The driver called 911, and came over to apply his jacket to Franklin’s head to stop the bleeding, which Ahlgren described as “gushing.”
“The driver and I were a team, trying to do anything we could to save his life,” Ahlgren said.
Eventually a nearby sheriff’s deputy walked by, radioed in the collision, and in three minutes an ambulance arrived, according to a San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson. Franklin later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Ahlgren, a tech worker who has lived in San Francisco for six years, said “It was really, really, really sad,” and noted that he also has been struck by vehicles twice while cycling in The City.
Franklin’s death is the fourth such fatality this year, twice the number of cyclist deaths that occurred last year, a fact the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition called “unacceptable” in a press statement issued Friday, especially considering The City’s Vision Zero mandate to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2024.
“Russell did not deserve to die simply trying to get where he needed to go,” the coalition wrote.