San Bruno Man Dies After Bicycle Collision in SF

The cause of the San Bruno resident's death remains under investigation, but authorities said the accident happened when a cyclist crossing a San Francisco intersection struck the man.

A pedestrian who was struck by a bicyclist in San Francisco's Castro District last week has died, authorities said Wednesday.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner's office as 71-year-old Sutchi Hui, of San Bruno was struck at the intersection of Market and Castro streets shortly before 8:10 a.m. on March 29, San Francisco police said.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Hui died at San Francisco General Hospital after he and the cyclist were taken there following the collision.

The cause of Hui’s death remains under investigation.

Police said the accident happened when a man riding a bicycle was traveling south on Castro Street and was crossing Market Street when he struck Hui, who was walking east in the crosswalk.

Witnesses reported that the bicyclist, who has not been identified, may have run a red light prior to the collision, but that information has not yet been confirmed.                

San Francisco district attorney's spokesman Omid Talai said, "The case has not been formally presented to us but we are consulting with the SFPD."

—Bay City News

Pacificat April 06, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I heard that the rider may have been riding a "fixie," a bike without brakes. That's why he couldn't stop and why he had to "lay it down" as he said in his online post. These bikes have become popular but are illegal. If it's true that he was riding a fixie, it's even more evidence that he's an irresponsible rider and deserves the maximum punishment under the law.
Diet T April 07, 2012 at 04:27 AM
@Pacificat Where did you hear that fixies were illegal?
Diet T April 07, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I doubt the rider was riding a fixie. In his detailed post he said he was returning from a group ride in the Marin Headlands and that, more than likely, means he had a road bike. -- http://tinyurl.com/7bmrere --
Pacificat April 07, 2012 at 04:51 AM
California Vehicle Code 21201 (a): 21201. (a) No person shall operate a bicycle on a roadway unless it is equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make one braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
Diet T April 07, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Thanks Pacificat...I Google'd it after I posted and you are definitely correct. A fixie without brakes is not legal and one that has just a front brake is still illegal because a rider would be hard pressed to skid the front wheel on dry, level, clean pavement. Like a car though, the front brake on a bike is the one that really has the braking power. But really all these things are just distractions. The rider showed poor judgement in riding too fast and was reckless. I hope this incident has an effect on other riders to be more cautious and more in control of their bike, especially where pedestrians may be at risk.


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