Wednesday, July 24, 2013

San Francisco Cyclist Guilty for Manslaughter

I thought I've heard it all, check out this bizaare news. A Cyclist from San Francisco named Christopher Bucchere pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter for striking and killing a 71-year-old man last year with his bike. He will avoid jail time.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said that the conviction is the first of its kind in the nation involving a cyclist. Christopher Bucchere is 37 years old and once part of the Stanford University's cycling team. He will be sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service and three years’ probation.

“With the conditions of this plea, the defendant will be held accountable for the tragic death of Sutchi Hui and will have an opportunity for redemption,” said Gascon. “We hope this case continues to serve as a reminder that blatant disregard of the traffic laws can have dire consequences.”

Gascon said that the crash was a result of the cyclist’s “need for speed” while attempting to beat his own record and bragging about it.

Evidence presented against Bucchere showed that he was going 32 miles an hour in a 25 mile an hour zone and ran three red lights before striking and killing Hui, who was in a pedestrian crosswalk on Market Street in San Francisco’s Castro district at 8 a.m. with his wife en route to a medical appointment. 

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