The bicyclist accused in the death of a man he hit in the Castro last year has been ordered to stand trial on a felony charge.
Chris Bucchere, 36, was riding his bike down Castro Street on March 29, 2012 when he hit Sutchi Hui, 71, in the intersection at Market Street. Hui died from his injuries three days later.
The preliminary hearing this week included witness testimony that Bucchere ran several red lights, including a final signal just before he hit Hui, according to the district attorney’s office and media reports.
Toward the end of the hearing Thursday, March 7, Ted Cassman, Bucchere’s attorney, said, “Chris’s heart goes out to the family” and his client is “a good man.”
Cassman sought to have the felony vehicular manslaughter charge reduced to a misdemeanor, and said, “We’ve demonstrated beyond any doubt that Mr. Bucchere did not run the red light” just before hitting Hui.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Y. S. Cheng ruled there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial as a felony.
The next court date for Bucchere, who’s out of custody, is March 21 for arraignment. Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai is prosecuting the case.