San Francisco cyclist in fatal collision sentenced 

click to enlarge San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Terry Hui speak after Bucchere was sentenced. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Terry Hui speak after Bucchere was sentenced.

The 37-year-old bicyclist who struck and killed a pedestrian at a busy Castro district intersection last year was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service.

The sentence stemmed from an agreement struck last month between Chris Bucchere and prosecutors in which Bucchere pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter. He agreed to enter that plea on the condition that he serves no further time behind bars for the March 29, 2012, incident that killed 71-year-old Sutchi Hui of San Bruno.

While prosecutors said the felony conviction was the first of its kind involving a bicyclist, the plea bargain allows the charge to be reduced to a misdemeanor in six months as long as Bucchere doesn't violate terms of his probation.

During Thursday's sentencing, Hui's son, Shiu Mig "Terry" Hui, requested that Bucchere's community service be spent caring for the elderly, building homes for those less fortunate and helping people recover from serious head injuries. A judge said he would pass on the requests to the Probation Department.

The son also asked Bucchere not to squander his opportunity to make things right.

The distraught Terry Hui also denounced a post Bucchere wrote on a cycling forum shortly after the collision in which the cyclist praised his helmet. Terry Hui said he hoped Bucchere would cease to be the "narcissistic" man behind the insensitive post.

Sutchi Hui was described as a "doting grandfather" and family patriarch who owned a small travel agency in Chinatown for three decades. The family has been devastated by his death, especially Sutchi Hui's wife, according to Terry Hui.

"She lived to take care of him; he lived to take care of her," the son said. "Her world has fallen apart."

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