Bicyclist Pled Guilty to Felony Vehicular Manslaughter
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2013
CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that bicyclist Chris Bucchere, age 37, pled guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter for striking Sutchi Hui, a 71 year old man who was crossing the street on Market and Castro Street last year.
“With the conditions of this plea, the defendant will be held accountable for the tragic death of Sutchi Hui and will have an opportunity for redemption,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “We hope this case continues to serve as a reminder that blatant disregard of the traffic laws can have dire consequences.”
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 riding his bicycle through the intersection of Market and Castro. Hui sustained blunt force trauma injuries from the collision that led to the cause of his death on Monday. April 2.
Bucchere pled to a felony vehicular manslaughter. The felony conviction is the first of its kind in the nation involving a bicyclist. The defendant will receive 1000 hours in community service and 3 years of probation. A judge can determine in 6 months if the conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor.
The District Attorney is asking the public to respect pedestrians’ right-of-way and to avoid behaviors that could lead to accidents. For information on pedestrian safety, visit http://www.walksf.org. For information on bicycle safety, visit http://www.sfbike.org/edu.
Chris Bucchere is scheduled to be sentenced on August 16, 1:30pm in Department 23. San Francisco Police Department Inspector Lori Cadigan was the inspector on this case. Peter Huynh was the Victim Witness Advocate. Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai prosecuted the case.