In what San Francisco prosecutors call the first conviction of its kind, a bicyclist who fatally struck a 71-year-old pedestrian in a Castro neighborhood sidewalk last year has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter.
While it is rare that a cyclist faces criminal vehicular manslaughter charges, this case shows that it can happen. Bike riders in California must understand that they are operating a “vehicle” as defined by the California Vehicle Code and must obey all laws related to this operation. In this case, the cyclist failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian at an intersection crosswalk and caused and unfortunate fatality.
For more information on cycling accident and injury claims in the Golden State go to: http://www.victimslawyer.com/bicycle-accidents/
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