Cyclist sentenced for San Francisco pedestrian death

August 15, 2013 8:35:00 PM PDT
A bicyclist who struck and killed a 71-year-old man in San Francisco last year was sentenced Thursday. According to the district attorney, it was the first conviction of its kind in the country.

On the morning of March 29, 2012, Chris Bucchere was riding down Castro Street and crossed Market Street when he ran a stop sign and multiple red lights before striking 71-year-old Sutchi Hui in the crosswalk, prosecutors said. Hui was taken to a hospital where he died four days later.

Police said security video taken from a nearby bar showed Bucherre going at a good clip, hitting Hui straight on.

Bucchere Thursday was sentenced to three years' probation and 1,000 hours of community service for felony vehicular manslaughter. There will be no jail time.

Bucherre was silent both in and out of the courtroom. He offered no regrets or public apology to the victim's family.

"If we all seeked revenge for wrongs that people have done to us, an eye for an eye, we'd all be blind," Sutchi Hui's son Terry Hui said.

Terry Hui and his family were magnanimous in their humanity. They supported the plea deal reached by the district attorney and Bucherre.

Hui said that's what his father would have wanted.

"He always told us to give people a second chance no matter what happened because that's what makes society civil," he said.

Terry Hui said the family wanted to give Bucherre a chance during his community service to become a better person.

"We hope he'll go out and assist the elderly, use that time to build housing for the less fortunate," he said. "To assist people with traumatic head injuries because that's something my father would have dealt with if he survived."

District Attorney George Gascon hopes the conviction will send a message across the board.

"Regardless of whether you're riding a bike, driving a vehicle or walking, we all have shared responsibilities for safety in our community," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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