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Friday, August 16, 2013

Chris Bucchere: Cyclist Sentenced in Pedestrian Death

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 8:02 AM

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Chris Bucchere, the cyclist who plowed into a 71-year-old grandfather last year, was sentenced to three years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Last month, the 37-year-old pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter in connection to the death of Sutchi Hui, who was walking with his wife in the Castro when Bucchere slammed into him with his bike.

"Mr. Hui was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who tragically lost his life in an incident that could have easily been prevented," said District Attorney George Gascón. "Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists must share the road in a responsible way because there are dire consequences when traffic laws are disregarded."

On the morning of Thursday, March 29, 2012, Hui was crossing the street with his wife on Market and Castro when he was struck by Bucchere, who was pedaling at a high-rate of speed through the intersection of Market and Castro when he knocked Hui down. Hui suffered from blunt force trauma injuries and died five days later.

After the incident, Bucchere (or at least someone purporting to be him) posted this online rant on a local cycling forum:

The light turned yellow as I was approaching the intersection, but I was already way too committed to stop. The light turned red as I was cruising through the middle of the intersection and then, almost instantly, the southern crosswalk on Market and Castro filled up with people coming from both directions. 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," he continued. "I don't remember the next five minutes but when I came to, I was in a neck brace being loaded into an ambulance. I remember seeing a RIVER of blood on the asphalt, but it wasn't mine. Apparently I hit a 71-year-old male pedestrian and he ended up in the ICU with pretty serious head injuries. I really hope he ends up OK.

But prosecutors say Bucchere was negligent, speeding through several lights and stop signs before the fatal hit. Bucchere cut a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter, the first of its kind in the nation involving a bicyclist. A judge can determine in six months if the conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor.

According to the Chron, Hui's son, Terry, asked the court that Bucchere spend his community service time caring for the elderly, helping the victims of traumatic brain injury and building houses for the less fortunate.

Now might be a good time to brush up on your bike safety skills.

For information on pedestrian safety, visit http://www.walksf.org. For

information on bicycle safety, visit http://www.sfbike.org/edu.

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

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