The bicyclist who struck and killed a pedestrian in the Castro last year is expected to avoid jail and do community service after pleading guilty in the case.
Chris Brucchere, 37, had been accused of running a red light before hitting Sutchi Hui, 71, in the intersection of Castro and Market streets March 29, 2012. Hui died three days later.
Bucchere, whom a judge hard ordered to stand trial, pleaded guilty Tuesday, July 23 in San Francisco Superior to felony vehicular manslaughter, according to District Attorney George Gascón.
“With the conditions of this plea, the defendant will be held accountable for the tragic death of Sutchi Hui and will have an opportunity for redemption,” Gascón said in a statement. “We hope this case continues to serve as a reminder that blatant disregard of the traffic laws can have dire consequences.”
Bucchere’s felony conviction is “the first of its kind in the nation involving a bicyclist,” according to the DA’s office. He’s set to receive 1,000 hours in community service and three years of probation. His sentencing is scheduled for August 16.
A judge may determine in six months if the conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor.
Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai prosecuted the case. Bucchere’s attorney, Ted Cassman, wasn’t immediately available for comment Wednesday, July 24.