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Elderly Driver Kills 3, Injures1, at a Bus Stop in San Francisco

Pedestrian Accident, San Francisco, CA

Elderly Driver Kills a Couple, their Child, & Leaves Their Infant Son in Critical Condition, after crashing into them near the West Portal Muni Metro Station

San Francisco, CA -In the heart of San Francisco, a serene day turned tragic in an instant. A family’s celebration morphed into a nightmare, leaving a community in shock and mourning. This is the story of a moment that changed lives forever, underscoring the fragility of life and the unforeseen dangers lurking on familiar streets.

The Incident

On a sunny afternoon, March 16, 2024, at approximately 12:13 p.m., a devastating event unfolded at the intersection of Ulloa Street and Lenox Way, near the West Portal Muni Metro station in San Francisco. A Mercedes SUV, driven by 78-year-old Mary Fong Lau, veered off its path at alarming speeds estimated between 50 and 70 miles per hour, directly into a bus shelter. This shelter was not just any stop on the city’s map but a point where a family of four stood, embarking on a journey to celebrate a wedding anniversary.

The collision claimed the lives of Diego Cardoso de Oliveira, 40, his wife Matilde Moncada Ramos Pinto, 38, and their one-year-old son, Joaquin Ramos Pinto de Oliveira, leaving their infant son in critical condition. Witnesses reported a lack of braking signs, indicating the suddenness of the crash. The driver, Lau, was arrested under multiple charges, including vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving, sparking a city-wide conversation on road safety and the responsibilities of drivers on urban streets.

This incident not only highlights the unpredictable nature of road accidents but also the devastating impact they can have on families and communities. The absence of skid marks suggests no attempt to stop, raising questions about the driver’s condition and awareness at the wheel. As the city mourns, the focus shifts to understanding the how and why, in hopes of preventing future tragedies.

Legal Implications 

The tragic accident in San Francisco‘s West Portal neighborhood raises significant legal questions, particularly around the charges of vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving. In personal injury law, such cases underscore the importance of establishing negligence, a key factor that determines liability. For Mary Fong Lau, the 78-year-old driver, the absence of braking and driving at unsafe speeds in the wrong direction could indicate a breach of the duty of care owed to others on the road.

Legally, the aftermath of this incident involves a meticulous examination of evidence, including vehicle speed, driver condition, and road conditions. The fact that Lau was arrested suggests that law enforcement believes there was probable cause for negligence. This case may set precedents for how similar cases are handled, especially concerning elderly drivers and the assessment of their ability to drive safely.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) highlight the gravity of pedestrian fatalities in urban settings. In 2023, pedestrian deaths accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities, with a notable increase in incidents involving elderly drivers. San Francisco’s own data mirrors this trend, with pedestrian fatalities more than doubling from the previous year at the same time.

The heart-wrenching incident in San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictability of life and the critical importance of road safety. For the families affected, the road to recovery can be long and fraught with challenges, underscoring the invaluable role of experienced legal representation in navigating the aftermath of such tragedies.

At Scranton Law Firm, we bring over 50 years of experience to the table, offering expertise, empathy, and a proven track record of securing justice for victims of personal injury. Our wrongful death attorneys understand the profound impact a sudden loss or injury can have on a family, and we are committed to fighting tirelessly for the compensation and closure our clients deserve.

Whether you’re dealing with the aftermath of a vehicle accident, seeking representation for a wrongful death claim, or need guidance on any personal injury matter, our attorneys are here to provide the support and advocacy you need. We have recovered over $1 billion for our clients, reflecting our dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes for those we represent.

If you or someone you love has been affected by a similar incident, we encourage you to reach out. Let the Scranton Law Firm stand by your side, offering the legal expertise and compassionate support you need during this difficult time. Together, we can navigate the complexities of your case and strive for the justice and compensation you deserve.


  1. What should I do immediately after being involved in a vehicle accident? Immediately after a vehicle accident, ensure your safety and that of others. Call 911 if there are any injuries. Document the scene with photos and gather contact information from witnesses. Seek medical attention, even if you feel fine, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent. Finally, consider consulting with a personal injury attorney to understand your rights and options.

  2. How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in California? In California, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury. However, there are exceptions, so it’s crucial to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure your claim is filed within the appropriate timeframe.

  3. Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault for the accident? Yes, California follows a “comparative fault” rule, meaning you can still recover compensation even if you were partially at fault. However, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. An experienced personal injury attorney can help navigate these complexities and maximize your compensation.

  4. What types of damages can I recover in a personal injury case? Victims of personal injury can seek compensation for various damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. In certain cases, punitive damages may also be awarded.

  5. Why is legal representation important in personal injury cases? Navigating the legal system can be complex and overwhelming, especially while recovering from an injury. A skilled personal injury attorney can manage all aspects of your case, from investigating the incident and gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies and advocating for you in court, ensuring your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.


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