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San Francisco Bike and Pedestrian Accident Kills Elderly Man

A San Francisco bike and pedestrian accident kills an elderly man. It happened in San Francisco shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, March 29, 2012, at the intersection of Market and Castro street. 71-year-old San Bruno resident Sutchi Hui and his wife Betty were standing at the intersection and stepped into the crosswalk. As they did so, bicyclist Chris Bucchere came through the intersection and hit Mr. Hui.

Both Bucchere and Hui were taken to the hospital in San Francisco with injuries. However, Bucchere was released with minor injuries. Hui was said to be in critical condition with severe head injuries. Later, Thursday afternoon, San Francisco police released a statement saying that Hui was in a non-life threatening condition. However, Hui died four days later on Monday, April 2, 2012. The cause of Hui’s death has not been released.

It is reported that witnesses told police that Bucchere may have ran a red light before striking Hui. Witnesses also reported that Bucchere may have been speeding down the hill, racing against the clock, trying to shave seconds off of his time as he was returning from a Marin Headlands group ride.

Footage of the accident on surveillance camera

Footage of the accident was captured by a surveillance camera at Market and Castro street in San Francisco. One person who saw the video of the accident said that Bucchere was hunkered down and did not appear to try and slow down at all.

According to the District Attorney’s office of San Francisco, police are investigating the accident and charges may be brought against Bucchere, which may include vehicular manslaughter. In fact, police claim to have information from a motorist who said he saw Bucchere and another cyclist racing through red lights and stop signs before the accident.

To make matters worse, a person who identified themselves as Chris Bucchere put a post on the website of local cycling group MissionCycling.org.  The post said, “The light turned yellow as I was approaching the intersection, but I was already way too committed to stop. The light turned red as I was cruising through the middle of the intersection and then, almost instantly, the southern crosswalk on Market and Castro filled up with people coming from both directions…I couldn’t see a line through the crowd and I couldn’t stop, so I laid it down and just plowed through the crowded crosswalk in the least-populated place I could find.

I remember seeing a RIVER of blood on the asphalt, but it wasn’t mine. I really hope he ends up OK.”

The end of the post

Bucchere then ended the post by dedicating it to his now-broken helmet. He said, “may she die knowing that because she committed the ultimate sacrifice, her rider and live and ride on. Can I get an amen? Amen.”

John Alex Lowell, who is a member of the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, said that he was saddened and shocked by the post, in particular by the tone of the post.

Bucchere’s attorney said in a statement that his client was devastated by the accident and the tragic death of Sutchi Hui. However, the attorney said that Bucchere believes that he entered the intersection lawfully and did everything possible to avoid the accident.