Prosecutors in San Francisco plan to charge Chris Bucchere, 36, with vehicular manslaughter after he was involved in a bicycle vs. pedestrian accident in which Sutchi Hui, 71, was killed. If convicted Bucchere faces up to six years in prison.
Prosecutors allege that Bucchere was driving at least 10 miles per hour above the 25 mph posed speed limit when he struck Hui with his bicycle. Hui suffered multiple injuries including a skull fracture, broken jaw, arm and leg.
Witnesses report seeing Bucchere running several red lights and stop signs as well as speeding prior to the accident. Another bicyclist apparently stopped at the intersection while Bucchere ran through it.
An e-mail that has circulated throughout the media quoted Bucchere as writing after the accident:
“I was already way too committed to stop. … 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.”
Bucchere claims he rode through the intersection on a yellow light.
Is a Charge of Vehicular Homicide Appropriate?
Vehicular homicide can be charged if a motorist was found to be operating a vehicle with reckless disregard to the safety of others. If the prosecutors can show that Bucchere was speeding and running red lights, they may very well be able to prove reckless disregard.
This was the third fatal bicycle accident involving a pedestrian in San Francisco this year.
In Washington state, bicyclists have the same and rights and responsibilities as the drivers of cars and trucks according to vehicle code RCW 46.61.755. Bicyclists who violate traffic laws — including speeding and running stop signs — will be cited.
Help if you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless bicyclist
If a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to a bicyclist riding recklessly, you may be entitled to claim damages under civil laws. A Washington personal injury attorney can help you file a claim to seek compensation for medical costs, loss of wages and for pain and suffering. In the case of wrongful death, you may be entitled to file a Washington wrongful death claim on behalf of your deceased loved one.
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This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of another.