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Bicyclist Pleads Guilty to Felony Vehicular Manslaughter

The felony conviction is the nation’s first one involving a bicyclist.

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    Joe Rosato Jr. reports the felony conviction is the nation’s first one involving a bicyclist. (Published Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013)

    A bicyclist who struck and killed a 71-year-old man in San Francisco has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter, according to San Francisco's district attorney.

    Chris Bucchere, 37, was riding his bicycle through the intersection on Market and Castro Street on March 29, 2012, when he hit Sutchi Hui and his wife, who were walking across the street.  
    Hui suffered blunt force trauma injuries and died four days later.
    The felony conviction is the nation’s first one involving a bicyclist. 
    “We hope this case continues to serve as a reminder that blatant disregard of the traffic laws can have dire consequences,” said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. 
    Bucchere will appear in court again on August 16 to be sentenced.
    Under the plea deal, Gascon says he faces 1,000 hours of community service and three years of probation.
    A judge can decide in six months if the conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.