The pedestrian, who was not identified, was wearing a security guard uniform and appeared to be on his way to work when the crash occurred at 12:19 p.m. He crossed in front of the 14L bus as it pulled out of the bus zone, and two sets of tires rolled over his legs. His lunch bag was found next to him.
“I express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the pedestrian killed in the tragic accident this afternoon involving a Muni bus,” said Ed Reiskin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency.
Christopher Wilkow was attending church at the Hub, a co-working space that shares a building with The Chronicle, when he noticed a commotion across the street. He ran out and discovered a man’s legs sticking out from under the bus.
Wilkow said the driver didn’t realize he had struck a pedestrian.
A woman called 911, and Wilkow and another person climbed under the bus. They found the man’s right leg pinned under a tire.
“I just held his hand and kept telling him to breathe,” Wilkow said.
Police and firefighters shut down Fifth and Mission streets for a block while they worked to free the victim. Using wooden planks, they lifted the bus, freed the victim and took him to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.
The death comes less than three months after 23-year-old Emily Dunn was struck and killed in a crosswalk at 18th and Hartford streets in the Castro.