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Bicyclist to be charged in death of SF pedestrian

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POSTED June 14, 2012 10:16 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco prosecutors plan to charge a bicyclist who fatally struck a 71-year-old man in a San Francisco crosswalk with felony vehicular manslaughter.

District Attorney George Gascon said Thursday his office plans to file the charge against Chris Bucchere early next week.

Bucchere, 36, is expected to turn himself in in the next few days.

Bucchere is accused of running a red light on his bicycle and hitting Sutchi Hui as Hui and his wife crossed the street at an intersection in the Castro District on March 29. Hui died a few days later of blunt force trauma injuries from the collision, authorities said.

Gascon said he plans to charge Bucchere with a felony because he displayed gross negligence before hitting Hui. The prosecutor said his office intends to prove that Bucchere had a pattern of breaking traffic laws leading up to the accident.

A message seeking comment was left at a phone listing for Chris Bucchere in San Francisco.

Since 2006, there has been a 71 percent increase in the number of people biking in San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Gascon made a public request for cyclists to respect pedestrians' right-of-way and to avoid behaviors that could lead to accidents.

Bucchere is expected to appear in court for arraignment next week.

 

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