A bicyclist accused of striking and killing a pedestrian in San Francisco’s Castro District last year was ordered today to stand trial on a felony vehicular manslaughter charge. Chris Bucchere, 36, was held to answer to the charge by Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng after an emotional preliminary hearing that ended this morning.
Prosecutors allege that Bucchere ran multiple red lights and stop signs before striking Sutchi Hui, 71, at Castro and Market streets on the morning of March 29, 2012. Defense attorney Ted Cassman argued that surveillance video of the collision showed that Bucchere had entered the Castro and Market intersection before the light turned red. Bucchere broke down in tears at times during this morning’s hearing. Both he and Cassman declined to speak to reporters afterward. Bucchere will return to court to be formally arraigned on the charge on March 21.
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