On March 29th, 36 year old software developer Chris Bucchere allegedly ran a red light and crashed his bicycle into Sutchi Hui (71), who was walking with his wife in a crosswalk in San Francisco’s Castro District. Bucchere is being charged with felony vehicular manslaughter, which is unusual for an accident of this kind. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Photo by Jill Schneider, The Chronicle / SF




Bucchere's speed has been judged, through witness testimonials and a video surveillance, to be around 35 miles per hour. Prosecutors plan on using an electrical speed monitoring device attached to his bicycle as evidence against him.

It is suspected that Bucchere himself is the author of an online blog post, in which he recalls that he was too committed to stop at the traffic light that preceded the accident.

Witness reports also suggest that that Bucchere had ignored several stop signs in an attempt to set a speed record for the popular bike route in that area.

He is currently free on a $150,000 bond and is due back in court July the 27th, when the judge will schedule his preliminary hearing.

This is the third fatal bicycle accident in the Bay Area in the past year. The 71% increase in bike traffic in San Francisco over the past 5 years may account for the increase in bicycle related fatalities over the same period.

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(Sources: Reuterss, WHTC, SF Gatee, Event Horizon)

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