Chris Bucchere: Cyclist Sentenced in Pedestrian Death

Categories: Law & Order, bikes

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Chris Bucchere
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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15 comments
Valerie Curl
Valerie Curl

Kinda miss the old days when people who behaved badly or caused harm to others were shunned from society. Now, they're given a promotion at a new job.

Rock Belt
Rock Belt

I guess he's not as dead since it was just a bike and not a car...THAT's what that sentence indicates to me...pretty dumb.

Superlegend Frankie Delmane
Superlegend Frankie Delmane

So when I went out at night and viciously egged cyclists riding on sidewalks I was doing a good deed?

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

This suck! U can kill a person and still walk away from court with a slap on the hand!

Lauren Larsson
Lauren Larsson

As a pedestrian, walking to work and around downtown, hardly a day goes by that I don't see a cyclist on the sidewalk, lately and a day when I don't see a cyclist breaking a law never goes by. I'm sure there are responsible cyclists out there, but the community is more represented by arrogance and entitlement.

Josiah Skallerup
Josiah Skallerup

Yet the truck driver that ran over a cyclist two days ago didn't even get cited....

Kim Kibler
Kim Kibler

I beg to differ with Ronald on representation, though I absolutely agree on jail time. As someone who is forced to drive for my job in the city every day, this is all too common. No regard for traffic laws,stop signs, etc. There are cyclists that do- but they are in a small majority.

Ronald Childress
Ronald Childress

It's not all cyclists, this jackass does not represent the majority of people on bikes and he should have been locked up.

Krista Ayala
Krista Ayala

Unbelievable, this guy should have gotten some jail time. Cyclists are such assholes these days.

Stephen R Jaffe
Stephen R Jaffe

What an outrageous miscarriage of justice. This guy has no guilt or remorse; he is an arrogant SOB. He was convicted of manslaughter, a lesser form of homicide. And he walked!

Kim Kibler
Kim Kibler

what if a car had run the guy down. would they have gotten probation?

raymond.pam
raymond.pam

And a felony conviction he should have......

bdsl1
bdsl1

@Krista Ayala total a-holes! A lot like the people who post in the SF Weekly comments...

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