Cyclist who struck, killed pedestrian charged with manslaughter

Cyclists are quick to find fault with motorists when collisions occur, but in this case the roles have been shaken up, with a cyclist being the one facing a federal warrant in a fatal collision with a pedestrian. 

The story of 35-year-old Chris Bucchere, the cyclist who struck and killed 71-year-old Sutchi Hui in San Francisco on March 29 has reached a fever pitch, generating national headlines now that charges for felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, for failure to yield to a pedestrian, excessive speed, and running a red light have been leveled against Bucchere. 

The fact that San Francisco is one of the most densely populated cities in the U.S. and is seeing a massive growth in cycling has cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians competeing for limited space on the roadways. The Los Angeles Times reports "two-wheeled travel has grown 71 percent in the last five years here." 

"Sharing the road" is a two-way street, and poor behavior by cyclists such as running red lights is the number one complaint of riders by other road users. It’s sad that it took the death of an innocent person to bring the issue into the national spotlight. 

What do you think? Will the incident change the way you ride? 


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