The bicyclist charged with killing a pedestrian in the Castro pleaded not guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter.
Dressed in a blazer and slacks,
36-year-old Chris Bucchere, who is out of custody after posting bail, denied comment Wednesday amid a swarm of reporters outside the courtroom.
He is accused of ramming into 71-year-old Sutchi Hui at 8 a.m. March 29 while trying to beat his own speed record on a popular cycling route from Marin County to San Francisco.
Prior to Bucchere’s arrival at court Wednesday, a defense attorney passed around a brief statement on her client’s behalf.
“Chris anticipates the day when he may express his deepest condolences to the Hui family for their tragic loss,” the statement said. “But for now, while the case is ongoing, he will continue to cooperate with the authorities and to respond responsibly to the charges in court.”
The charge against Bucchere was elevated from a misdemeanor because he had allegedly violated multiple laws prior to the collision, which shows gross negligence, District Attorney George Gascón has said.
Bucchere has been ordered to court July 27 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.