A cyclist in San Francisco was charged with manslaughter after an accident last year in which he struck and killed a pedestrian, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Chris Bucchere, 36, is facing charges for the wrongful death of Sutchi Hui, the 71-year-old pedestrian. Hui was crossing an intersection inside of a crosswalk when he was struck by the cyclist. Hui died in the hospital four days later from head trauma.
Prosecutors argued that Bucchere is an experienced cyclist and even teaches bicycle safety courses, although he reportedly violated bicycle safety laws in this incident. Three witnesses testified that Bucchere ran a red light and did not even slow down before the collision.
“The fact that he is an experienced cyclist I find more worrisome,” says Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai.
Furthermore, the collision was captured on video. If the case goes to trial, the surveillance footage is sure to be a focal point, as will some of Bucchere’s statements on social media websites following the incident.
“In closing, I want to dedicate this story to my late helmet,” Bucchere allegedly posted on an online cycling forum shortly after the collision. “She died in heroic fashion today as my head slammed into the tarmac…”
This is a tragic accident that is certainly no laughing matter. The story is a powerful reminder that no matter how experienced a cyclist is, he or she cannot let their guard down for even a moment. If you or a loved one sustained serious injuries in a bicycle accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Fill out the form on this page to let our San Diego injury attorney review your case or contact our firm today at (858) 530-4800 to set up a free consultation.
Tip of the week: According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, over 52,000 cyclists were injured in accidents in 2010.
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