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Friday, July 20, 2012

Gregg Wilcox, Driver With Foot Cast, Guilty of Killing Pedestrian

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM

click to enlarge Gregg Wilcox's stress fracture turned into a criminal conviction
  • Gregg Wilcox's stress fracture turned into a criminal conviction

A San Francisco jury has found a former Muni employee guilty of vehicular manslaughter for killing a pedestrian in the Castro District last year.

The jury concluded that 61-year-old Gregg Wilcox was completely negligent when he thought it was a good idea to drive with a cast on his right foot. Wilcox testified that he had been using his left foot to press both the gas and brake pedals after a walking cast was put on his right foot, which had been diagnosed with a stress fracture.

Wilcox said he had been driving that way for more than a month with no problems, and claimed this creative driving technique played no role in the accident in which he killed William Cox as he walked in the crosswalk at 14th and Noe streets.

But the jury completely disagreed.

"This verdict sends a clear message. Everyone should be able to walk our

streets without fear of negligent motorists," District Attorney

George Gascón said in a statement last night. "I strongly encourage the public to use common sense when

driving a car."

Wilcox, who will be sentenced on Sept. 21, could face up to one year in county jail.

Wilcox declined to talk to reporters, but his attorney, Rafael Trujillo, told the Mercury News that Wilcox finds this whole case "extremely disturbing."

"This has been just a nightmare for him and we truly believe it was just a tragic accident," Trujillo said.

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