Cyclist pleads guilty in Castro crosswalk death

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.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

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.

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