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Cyclist sentenced for manslaughter in San Francisco crash

SAN FRANCISCO — A cyclist who fatally struck a 71-year-old pedestrian in a San Francisco crosswalk and was later convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter in the case was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation and 1,000 hours of community service.

District Attorney George Gascon said his office had done research and didn't find any other cases in which a prosecutor had obtained a manslaughter conviction against a bicyclist who hit a pedestrian.

The software engineer, 37-year-old Chris Bucchere, was sentenced as part of a plea deal.

Gascon said the victim's family didn't want to see Bucchere incarcerated and prosecutors didn't think a judge would sentence him to jail time, so they offered probation and community service. A judge can determine in six months if Bucchere's conviction could be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Bucchere had been riding recklessly and had run three red lights when he struck Sutchi Hui as he and his wife crossed a street in the Castro District on March 29, 2012, prosecutors said. Hui died four days later of injuries from the collision. His wife was not hurt.

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