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Driverless Waymo car hits bicyclist in San Francisco

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A driverless Waymo car and a cyclist were involved in a crash in San Francisco on Tuesday, Waymo confirmed to KRON4.

The crash happened at the intersection of 17th Street and Mississippi Street just after 3 p.m. The cyclist’s injuries were not life-threatening, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton posted about the crash on Facebook, saying “So much for safety.”

In a response to a KRON4 inquiry, Waymo explained how the crash allegedly happened.

According to Waymo, the driverless car was stopped at a four-way intersection. A large truck went through the intersection and the Waymo car followed after it went through.

The cyclist was behind the truck, and their view was blocked, according to Waymo. They rode into the Waymo car’s path and were hit.

“The cyclist was occluded by the truck and quickly followed behind it, crossing into the Waymo vehicle’s path. When they became unoccluded, our vehicle applied heavy braking but was not able to avoid the collision,” Waymo said.

Waymo told police about the crash and the cyclist left on their own, per Waymo. Waymo says it is “making contact with relevant authorities” about the crash.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.