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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Reckless Riders Spur Backlash [WSJ]


Fatal Collision in San Francisco Leads to Manslaughter Charges Against Cyclist


[SFBIKES]Peter McCollough for The Wall Street Journal
Bicyclists weave through pedestrians and motor traffic on Friday in San Francisco, where a fatal bike-pedestrian collision has sparked debate.














SAN FRANCISCO—City prosecutors said they would file felony vehicular-manslaughter charges against a bicyclist who allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian, in a case that has become a flash point for debate over bicyclists' rights in the city.
The manslaughter charges—unusually stiff for a bicycle accident—stem from a March 29 incident, when 36-year-old bicyclist Chris Bucchere allegedly ran a red traffic light and plowed into 71-year-old Sutchi Hui in a crosswalk. Mr. Hui died April 2 of injuries related to the collision.
An arrest warrant was issued on Wednesday for Mr. Bucchere, who will be arraigned early next week, said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, adding that the manslaughter charges are unusual for an incident that would usually be treated as a misdemeanor.
"I'm hoping this case serves to raise awareness that rules of the road apply to everyone," Mr. Gascón said in a news conference.
Mr. Bucchere plans to surrender by the end of this week, city prosecutors said, and if convicted faces up to six years imprisonment. Mr. Bucchere and his lawyer couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

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