District Attorney’s Office declines to file charges in fatal collision of bicyclist 

The District Attorney's Office will not be filing charges against the driver of a big-rig that struck and killed 24-year-old San Francisco resident Amelie Le Moullac last year.

Le Moullac was struck about 7 a.m. Aug. 14 while she was riding to work in the bicycle lane on Folsom Street when the truck attempted a right turn on Sixth Street and struck her. She later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

The driver remained at the scene after the collision and was not cited by police at that time, which caused a stir with bicycle advocates. A stir that was only inflamed further when a San Francisco police sergeant showed up at a memorial for Le Moullac and blamed her accident and two other collisions that happened last year on bicyclists.

Police Chief Greg Suhr later apologized for the sergeant's remarks.

Bicycle advocates said the case highlighted how the police department handles investigations involving bicycles.

Video of the incident was discovered by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and turned over to police where they then determined the driver was at fault.

Prosecutors said they were unable to meet their burden of proof to charge the case. They also said the case highlights the need for the District Attorney's Office to have a specialized unit to prosecute cases such as these.

The family was informed of the decision in January, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

"This incident is terribly tragic. Not being able to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt is also a tragedy," Bastian said. "Due to this incident as well as others, we are asking for the resources necessary for a specialized unit so that we can provide these cases the attention and skill they rightfully deserve."

Le Moullac's family filed a civil suit against the driver and his employer in September.

The complaint alleges that Daylight Foods Inc. was negligent in the hiring, training and supervising of its driver, Gilberto Alcantar.

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