Bicyclist Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Omid Talai, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-9272

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Randolph Ang, age 23, pled guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for a traffic fatality accident that occured while he was riding his bicycle.

“Today’s guilty plea is a reminder that disobeying traffic laws can result in tragic consequences,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “I’d like to thank Mr. Coke Cherney for working with my office on a satisfactory plea agreement. While nothing can bring back his wife, we hope today’s resolution will bring the family some closure and healing.”

On July 15, 2011, Ang was riding his bicycle on Embarcadero and Mission when he ran a red light and collided with victim Dionette Cherney. Ms. Cherney died on August 11, 2011 due to injuries sustained from the accident.

The District Attorney’s office remained in close communication with Coke Cherney, the victim’s husband, who expressed that he did not want to see jail time for Mr. Ang saying jail time wouldn’t do any good. In addition to reading a victim impact statement in court today, he expressed his concern for traffic safety in San Francisco. “Our loss is done. This city has a real problem. Unless people start obeying the law or it gets enforced, more people are going to have to go through this,” said Coke Cherney.

As part of the plea agreement, Ang was sentenced today and received 3 years probation and 500 hours of community service. Assistant District Attorney Sarah Hawkins is the prosecutor.