Punch leaves pedestrian clinging to life
By Tamara Barak Aparton
Examiner Staff Writer 12/11/08
SAN FRANCISCO – A 53-year-old pedestrian was fighting for his life Thursday after an altercation with a motorist near Golden Gate Park the previous evening.
Police say the man was crossing Hayes and Stanyan streets against a red light just after 5 p.m. when a motorist honked at him.
In response, the pedestrian slammed his backpack on the hood of the vehicle. The driver got out of the car and punched the pedestrian, who fell to the ground and hit his head.
He remains hospitalized with a serious head injury. No arrests have been made in the case.
On March 20, 2007, a pedestrian punching a vehicle led to a homicide when enraged driver Hamilton Diaz allegedly ran down 24-year-old Randal Gross after either Gross or his companion punched the parolee’s car in the intersection of 15th and Valencia streets.