AirTalk for August 16, 2013

Why a light sentence for bicyclist convicted of felony manslaughter?

Should the bicyclist have received a heavier sentence?

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Should the bicyclist have received a heavier sentence?

The first bicyclist in the country to be convicted for felony vehicular manslaughter will serve no jail time. Chris Bucherre, 37, negotiated a plea deal with the San Francisco District Attorney's office for 1,000 hours of community service and three years probation for the death of 71-year-old Sutchi Hui last year.

The collision investigation said Bucherre was riding his bicycle downhill at 30 miles an hour. Witnesses say Bucchere blew through a red light before crashing into Hui who had been crossing the street with his wife. Hui died of his injuries four days later.

If this accident were involving a driver and a pedestrian, would the sentence be the same? Should there be more laws for cyclists?

Guests:

Claude Wyle, bicycle and pedestrian accident attorney; he is a partner with Choulos Choulos  & Wyle in San Francisco

Dan Kann, criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles


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