Driver in fatal crash didn’t know medical boot risk 

click to enlarge Gregg Wilcox claims his doctor did not inform him it was unsafe to drive in his walking boot. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
  • Gregg Wilcox claims his doctor did not inform him it was unsafe to drive in his walking boot.

Gregg Wilcox, who’s battling misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges, said in court Thursday that he was not told by his doctor that wearing a walking boot while driving is unsafe.

But Robert Salk, a podiatric surgeon working out of the California Pacific Medical Center’s Davies Campus, said Wilcox never asked. Had he asked, Salk said, Wilcox would have been advised against driving.

Wilcox is accused of fatally striking 59-year-old William Cox on Sept. 6 at Noe and 14th streets in the Castro district. Wilcox was driving a Ford Explorer southbound on Noe and struck Cox after making a left onto 14th, police and prosecutors say. Cox died at San Francisco General Hospital.

An emotional Wilcox wept on the stand Thursday. He said he had made eye contact with Cox before striking him. Wilcox also testified that he had been wearing the boot for a month before the accident. He said he felt confident driving with his nondominant foot.

Prosecutors have said that Wilcox’s actions created unsafe driving conditions.

Cox’s death was “preventable,” District Attorney George Gascón has said.

Closing arguments in the trial are expected to begin early next week. Wilcox has been out of custody on $100,000 bail.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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