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?
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