Not surprisingly, the District Attorney's Office announced this morning that it will charge 36-year-old Chris Bucchere with felony vehicular manslaughter after he allegedly
ran a red light in the Castro, hitting and killing 71-year-old Sutchi Hui.
District Attorney George Gascón had already indicated in April that prosecutors had plenty of evidence to file felony charges against the local cyclist, who they say acted with "gross negligence."
For starters, a surveillance camera on 17th and Market streets caught Bucchere blowing through the intersection at Market and Castro,
making little or no attempt
to stop before hitting Hui. What's more, witnesses also reported seeing the
cyclist plow through red lights and stops signs minutes before the
"Mr. Hui was a husband and a father and he was killed because of a bicyclist's need for speed," said District Attorney George Gascón. "This incident could have been avoided and we can do better as a city to avoid these tragic consequences. In order to preserve our diverse transit community, everyone has to follow the rules of the road."
On March 29, Hui, a San Bruno resident, was crossing the street with his wife on Market and Castro streets when he was hit by Bucchere, prosecutors say. Hui was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with blunt-force trauma. He died on April 2.
Gascón said his office can prove that Bucchere broke plenty of traffic laws leading up to the fatal accident. Of course, Bucchere's online rant
probably didn't help his case. Shortly after the accident, someone claiming to be
Bucchere logged onto a local bike forum and defended his actions in the
"This tragic death caused by a bicyclist illustrates the worst-case scenario when traffic laws are not obeyed," Gascón said.
Bucchere is scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment early next week.
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