San Francisco police investigating officer-involved collision that injured two bicyclists

SFPD patrol car crashes into bicyclists.

The San Francisco Police Department announced it is investigating a collision involving an officer driving a patrol car and two bicyclists in the city's Parkside neighborhood earlier this month.

According to police, the collision occurred on Dec. 4 near the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vicente Street around 12:50 p.m.

An officer driving a marked patrol car collided with two bicyclists, resulting in both men suffering injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

SFPD's Traffic Company is conducting an administrative investigation into the collision.

Because the collision involved an on-duty officer and resulted in injuries, part of the investigation requires that the officer undergo drug and alcohol testing. The results of the investigation will then go to SFPD's Department Accident Board of Review, which will determine whether policies and procedures were followed and could recommend disciplinary actions for the officer, police said.

The case appears to be headed for a civil lawsuit. An attorney for one of the cyclists said it's been nearly two weeks since the accident and his client is still receiving treatment for his injuries.

"The police officer to our knowledge ran a stoplight, struck my client and caused severe injury to him," Ross McKissik, with Harris Personal Injury Attorneys, said.

"There is absolutely no excuse for SFPD officers driving recklessly and endangering the lives of people on our streets," said Outer Sunset resident Janice Li.

She said the bike lanes where the collision happened were striped three years ago. "As more people choose biking to get around for essential trips during the pandemic, we're advocating for more infrastructure to keep people safe, but ultimately, our city needs to make safety a priority -- and that starts with the behavior of its employees."

Supervisor Gordon Mar said it's important for the investigation to be completed in a timely and transparent manner because of growing concern in the community over this incident.

KTVU contributed to this report.