Memorial dedication for slain cyclists

October 17, 2008 12:45:51 PM PDT
A memorial will be dedicated Saturday in Cupertino for two bicyclists who died after being struck March 9 by a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy's patrol car.

Memorial participants will meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Civic Center and then will cycle to the entrance of Stevens Creek Park, near the site of the accident, according to the city. Two plaques, honoring Oakland resident Kristin Gough, 31, and Matt Peterson, 29, of San Francisco, will be erected there.

The plaques will be unveiled during the 9 a.m. ceremony.

Deputy James Council, 27, is charged with the deaths of Gough and Peterson. His patrol car struck the bicyclists, who were on a training ride, on Stevens Canyon Road in Cupertino. The California Highway Patrol said the deputy's car crossed the double yellow line around 11 a.m.

A third bicyclist also was injured but Council was not charged in connection with that injury.

Council faces two years in jail if convicted of two counts of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. A pretrial for Council is scheduled for Nov. 14.