MOTHER OF SAN FRANCISCO JUDGE DIES AFTER BEING
HIT BY CABLE CAR
By Adam Martin, Bay City News
January 26, 2006, 4:39 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The mother of a San
Francisco judge died Tuesday after being hit by a cable car while
crossing a San Francisco street Saturday.
Joyce Lam, 76, of San Francisco was crossing Mason
Street near Filbert Street at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when she
was hit by a southbound cable car on the San Francisco Municipal
Railway's Powell-Mason line, according to San Francisco police
Lt. Mike Biel.
Lam was the mother of San Francisco Superior Court
Judge Newton Lam, who presides in the juvenile delinquency department
of family court, according to the city's Web site.
Lam was taken to San Francisco General Hospital
after the accident, Biel said.
"The injuries, even though they were serious,
didn't seem life threatening at the time,'' Biel said.
A traffic officer responded to the collision and
interviewed Lam through a Chinese translator at the hospital later,
Biel said. Lam was lucid and seemed alert in spite of her injuries,
Biel said. She died on Tuesday.
After Lam's death, the department's hit-and-run
division began investigating the case. Investigators are looking
into possible problems with visibility or anything else that might
have prevented the cable car operator or Lam from avoiding the
collision, Biel said.
The intersection where the collision occurred does
not have a traffic light, Biel said, but traffic is required to
stop for pedestrians.
Biel said Muni is conducting its own probe of the
incident and cooperating fully with the criminal investigation.
A Muni spokesman could not be reached for comment.
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