A woman in San Francisco was seriously injured on Monday after a hit-and-run driver struck her, pushing her onto the path of a self-driving car, which trapped her, CBS News reported.
The incident took place Monday night in the SoMa neighborhood of the city, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. First responders received a 911 call for a pedestrian trapped underneath an autonomous vehicle.
The SFFD said that the single victim was "extricated from beneath the vehicle using rescue tools" and was transported to a local trauma center with multiple injuries.
Single victim extricated from beneath the vehicle using rescue tools and was transported to the local trauma center with multiple traumatic injuries.
Active investigation. 5th st south of market remains closed.
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Captain Justin Schorr of the SFDD told CBS News that the woman was found "pinned" beneath the left rear axle of the vehicle, which was unoccupied.
Schorr said that the self-driving car's operating company, Cruise, was immediately contacted, and able to disable the car remotely, after which rescuers were "able to get the car up off her," using the "jaws of life" to free her. The victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. No update to her condition has been provided.
SFFD did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.
Cruise, in a statement posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, detailed the incident stating they are actively working with police to help identify the driver who initially struck the victim.
"At approximately 9:30 pm on October 2, a human-driven vehicle struck a pedestrian while traveling in the lane immediately to the left of a Cruise AV," the car company stated in their post. "The initial impact was severe and launched the pedestrian directly in front of the AV."
"The AV then braked aggressively to minimize the impact," the company stated, while the driver of the other vehicle fled the scene. The AV was kept in place at the request of police.
(1/3) At approximately 9:30 pm on October 2, a human-driven vehicle struck a pedestrian while traveling in the lane immediately to the left of a Cruise AV. The initial impact was severe and launched the pedestrian directly in front of the AV.
— cruise (@Cruise) October 3, 2023
(3/3) Our heartfelt concern and focus is the wellbeing of the person who was injured and we are actively working with police to help identify the responsible driver.
— cruise (@Cruise) October 3, 2023
Cruise, owned by General Motors, is one of the two companies operating fleets of driverless cars in the city by the Bay. The other one is Waymo, owned by Google. Cruise runs the majority of its 240 Chevy Bolt electric cars in San Francisco and has pilot programs that offer driverless rides to the public.
Earlier, in January, San Francisco firefighters had to smash in the front window of a Cruise driverless car to get it to stop running over hoses at a three-alarm fire.
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