SFMTA settles $1 million lawsuit involving F-Line crash


San Francisco’s transportation agency settled a $1 million lawsuit that involved a F-Market & Wharves historic streetcar striking Renita Woods near the intersection of Church and Market streets on Dec. 3, 2012.

According to court documents, Renita Woods, 59, was struck by the F-line streetcar approximately at 5:30 p.m., while standing on the platform in the westbound direction, and was dragged underneath the streetcar.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Board of Directors approved the settlement at its Tuesday meeting during closed session.

In the claim, Woods suffered “serious and life-threatening injuries” that included the loss of her left leg, head injuries, multiple abrasions and contusions and pain and suffering.

The claim blames Muni for not properly training its operators in safety and for not screening its operators of medical conditions:

“The Operator/Driver of the F-Train, among other things, negligently operated the train, failed to slow or stop the trains, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to warn Ms. Woods and failed to avoid striking Ms. Woods.”

According to court documents, the Muni operator of the F-Line streetcar that struck woods was Nathaniel Tan.

SFMTA spokesperson Erica Kato told SFBay that Tan is no longer with the transit agency.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay and covers transportation and City Hall. He has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Jerold is a San Francisco native and frequently takes public transit everywhere he goes. Follow Jerold on Twitter @jerold_chinn. Email tips to

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