SAN FRANCISCO — A bicyclist who killed an elderly pedestrian while racing through a busy intersection here nearly a year ago, igniting debate about who owns open space in the famously congested city, will be tried for felony gross vehicular manslaughter.
Superior Court Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng ruled Thursday that Chris Bucchere, 36, should face the felony charge, believed to be a rarity for a bicycle collision that resulted in a death.
If convicted, Bucchere could face a maximum of six years in prison.
Sutchi Hui, a 71-year-old San Francisco resident, was walking with his wife through the busy intersection of Castro and Market streets when he was hit by Bucchere in March 2012. He died of his injuries four days later at San Francisco General Hospital.
Ted Cassman, Bucchere's attorney, argued during the preliminary hearing that the charge should be reduced to a misdemeanor. He could not be reached for comment on the judge's ruling.