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Friday, September 14, 2012

Chris Bucchere, Cyclist Accused of Killing Elderly Man, Headed to Court Today

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 8:14 AM

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The 36-year-old cyclist who allegedly blew through a red light in the Castro District, causing the death of a 71-year-old man, was ordered to appear in court this morning to kick off his preliminary hearing.

Chris Bucchere, a San Francisco resident, was charged with felony manslaughter after the speeding cyclist hit and killed 71-year-old Sutchi Hui on the afternoon of March 29. Hui, a San Bruno resident, was walking with his wife on Market and Castro streets when Bucchere hit him. Initially, doctors believed he would survive, but Hui died on April 2 from blunt force trauma injuries.

District Attorney George Gascón claims he has plenty of evidence to prove that Bucchere had acted with "gross negligence," and is prepared to prove the cyclist had broken plenty of traffic laws leading up to the accident.

For starters, the D.A. says there is video evidence of Bucchere plowing through the red light at Market and Castro, making little or no attempt to stop before hitting Hui. That coincides with witnesses who say they saw the cyclist run several stop signs before the accident.

"Mr. Hui was a husband and a father and he was killed because of a bicyclist's need for speed," Gascón said before Bucchere pleaded not guilty this summer.

We'll keep you posted on this story. In the meantime, you cyclists should probably brush up on your rules of the road, which you can find here

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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