Cyclist Allegedly Leaves Comments About Accident After Hitting Pedestrian

By Erin Sherbert
Thu., Apr. 5 2012 at 4:12 PM
Source: SFWeekly

Crosswalk

Prosecutors have not yet field charges against the cyclist who allegedly ran a red light in the Castro, hitting and killing 71-year-old Sutchi Hui as he walked along Market Street last week.

But as SF Appeal notes today, prosecutors are looking at comments made on a local cycling forum by someone using the name Chris Bucchere, who identified himself as the cyclist involved in the accident.

Here’s what Bucchere reportedly posted on Mission Cycling, a local biking group:

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,” he continued. “I don’t remember the next five minutes but when I came to, I was in a neck brace being loaded into an ambulance. I remember seeing a RIVER of blood on the asphalt, but it wasn’t mine. Apparently I hit a 71-year-old male pedestrian and he ended up in the ICU with pretty serious head injuries. I really hope he ends up OK.

Hui, a San Bruno resident, died Tuesday afternoon. The medical examiner has not yet confirmed the cause of death.

Bucchere, who was treated at the hospital, also indicated that the lessons learned from this is that cyclists should always wear a helmet — as he was that day. But that comment only incited another member on the forum to tell him what the real lesson is: Cyclists should slow down, “especially when blasting through busy parts of town during rush hour.”