A 71-year-old man, struck by a bicyclist in a Castro Street crosswalk, suffered blunt force trauma to the head that led to his death, the San Francisco Medical Examiner ruled Wednesday.
District attorney's office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said her office was awaiting the police department to present the case so prosecutors can determine what charges Chris Bucchere will face in the death of Sutchi Hui.
“It’s obvious this is an important case to our office and the city of San Francisco,” she told KTVU. “At this point, we are waiting for the San Francisco police to formally present the case to us.”
The medical examiner said Hui’s condition quickly deteriorated at the hospital as he developed pneumonia and experienced breathing problems up to his death four days after the accident.
Witnesses have told police that Bucchere was traveling south on Castro Street and may have run a red light before striking Hui, who was walking east in the crosswalk, on March 29th.
Bucchere was also taken to the hospital after the collision. Later that day, someone using the name Chris Bucchere posted a message about the accident in an online forum for Mission Cycling, a local cycling group.
"The light turned yellow as I was approaching the intersection, but I was already way too committed to stop," the post stated.
"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," he said.
Bucchere also wrote well wishes for the pedestrian, who was still alive at that point.
"I really hope he ends up OK," he wrote.
However, he wrote that the moral of the story of his collision was the importance of wearing a helmet, eliciting critical comments from other members.
"Not sure that's the moral of the story," one member replied.
Another member wrote that the real moral of the story is to slow down, "especially when blasting through busy parts of town during rush hour."
The district attorney's office recently wrapped up a similar case involving a bicyclist who fatally struck a pedestrian.
Randolph Ang pleaded guilty last month to vehicular manslaughter after running a red light and striking a 68-year-old woman at the intersection of Mission Street and The Embarcadero on July 15, 2011.
The woman, Dionette "Didi" Cherney, later died at a hospital.
Ang, 23, was sentenced to three years' probation, as well as 500 hours of community service and was ordered to pay restitution to Cherney's family.
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