Bicyclist Sentenced for Felony Vehicular Manslaughter

For Immediate Release
August 15, 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, was formally sentenced on one count of felony vehicular manslaughter. Joined by members of Sutchi Hui’s family, the District Attorney called on the public to work together to prevent traffic fatalities.

“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.”

“The Hui Family would like to thank the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Gascón, Chief Assistant District Attorney Sharon Woo, SFPD Inspector Lori Cadigan for their work and support for my father’s case,” said Terry Hui, Sutchi Hui’s son. “Our family would also like to give special thanks to Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai. His work on this case, and the way he kept our family updated as the case progressed meant a great deal to us and we will be forever grateful for all he has done.”

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 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.

For information on pedestrian safety, visit http://www.walksf.org. For information on bicycle safety, visit http://www.sfbike.org/edu.

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.

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