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San Francisco Advocate For Disabled Struck By Car, Dies

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — A man who fought for safe streets for the disabled in San Francisco was fatally struck by a car at an intersection, police said.

Kenneth “Bryan” Goodwin, 31, who was 3 feet tall and suffered from osteogenesis inperfecta, a congenital bone disorder, was struck and killed by a car making an illegal turn at Market and Octavia Streets — the scene of 30 accidents between 2009 and 2011 — the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.

Goodwin was employed as a legal clerk in the city’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency office.

“He was a noticeable guy because he didn’t look like anyone else,” said a co-worker, attorney Nance Becker. “The fact is, he could have had a narrow life, but through intelligence and personality, he had a fuller life. After all he had been through, to get hit by a car, it’s crazy.”

Goodwin became an advocate for the disabled in 2011 when he fell from his wheelchair after it hit a bump in a sidewalk, and his wheelchair was stolen while he was hospitalized. A claim against the city resulted in a new city policy requiring emergency responders to tend to the mobility devices of patients, the newspaper said.

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