Misdemeanor Manslaughter Charges for Driver in Fatal UCSF Crash

Manslaughter charges for driver in fatal accident.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 2:09 PM PDT
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Misdemeanor Manslaughter Charges for Driver in Fatal UCSF Crash

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New UCSF shuttles now carry safety belts following the fatal July 14 accident.

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The driver of a UCSF shuttle bus that collided with a big rig on Octavia Boulevard last summer -- killing a 52-year old doctor riding in the vehicle -- will be held to answer for misdemeanor manslaughter charges.

Wallace J. Richardson, 64, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in San Francisco Superior Court, according to the San Francisco Examiner. A warrant was issued for his arrest in December, and he surrendered himself to authorities on Jan. 17, the newspaper reported.

Wallace was behind the wheel of the shuttle bus that hit a tractor-trailer on Octavia Boulevard and Oak Street on the morning of July 14. Wallace ran a red light and hit the truck, which had a green light.

The impact of the collision sent Dr. Kevin Mack through the windshield. He died from his injuries after the crash.

The crash has led city leaders to question traffic flow at the intersection as well as the practice of allowing shuttle bus passengers to ride without seat belts.
 

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