San Francisco Bicyclist Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter
Chris Bucchere, 37, has pled guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter after hitting and killing Sutchi Hui, 71, with his bicycle as the man crossed an intersection.
This is the first report of a man being charged with felony vehicular manslaughter by bicycle. Another bicyclist was charge with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in 2011.
Details of the Bicycle Accident
“I couldn’t see a line through the crowd and I couldn’t stop, so I laid it down and just plowed through the crowded crosswalk in the least populated place I could find.” – Chris Bucchere wrote on a message board according to the SFist Daily
- According to reports, Bucchere was travelling in excess of 30 mph and ran multiple red light leading up to the pedestrian accident.
- As the bicyclist attempted to make/run a red light at a popular intersection, Bucchere collided with pedestrian Sutchi Hui in a crosswalk.
- Hui died four days later.
- Hui’s family stated they did not want the bicyclist to serve jail time, and instead Bucchere will be on probation for three years and will serve 1,000 of community service.
- District Attorney George Gascon hopes the felony conviction will “send a very clear message” to cyclists about traffic laws.
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