Bicyclist To Face Manslaughter Charges

The San Francisco D.A. Is Preparing To Charge A Cyclist

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13: A bicyclist rides her bike down Market Street on Bike to Work Day May 13, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Thousands of bicyclists are expected to participate in the 16th annual Bike to Work Day event that promotes exercise and helps reduce pollution. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Charges will soon be filed on a bicyclist who fatally struck a pedestrian in San Francisco.

    According to the San Francisco Chronicle, District Attorney George Gascon will soon file manslaughter charges against bicyclist Chris Bucchere.  

    He is accused of fatally striking a 71-year old pedestrian in the Castro District last month.   

    If found guilty, the 35-year old cyclist could face the possibility of up to 16-months behind bars. 

    The DA's office says there is strong evidence that he acted with negligence while riding his bike before the elderly man was killed.   Witnesses say he allegedly flew past several red lights leading up to the collision.  And a video camera at the intersection apprently shows Bucchere speeding through and not slowing down just before the moment of impact.

    The felony charge comes in sharp contrast on a similar accident last year.    A 23-year old bicyclist struck a 68-year old pedestrian as she was crossing Mission Street at the Embarcadero.  

    Prosecutors say the difference in this case was he tried to help the victim, was remorseful and took full responsibility.   He later struck a plea deal which placed him on three-years probation, perform community service and pay the victim's family restitution.