Members of the Mission Cycling Club are distancing themselves from a man who allegedly ran a red light last week and struck a 71-year-old pedestrian who died Monday in the hospital.
A man identified as Chris Bucchere wrote in detail about the March 29 incident on the Mission Club’s open Google groups.
“The light turned yellow as I was approaching the intersection [Castro and Market streets], but I was already way too committed to stop … Apparently I hit a 71-year-old male pedestrian and he ended up in the ICU with pretty serious head injuries. I really hope he ends up OK.”
Bucchere then dedicated the story to his “late helmet.”
The District Attorney is mulling whether to file charges against Bucchere, according to several news reports.
At the time of the incident, Bucchere was returning from the club’s twice-a-week ride. The 135-member club organizes the rides, but anyone is welcome to join.
“He is not a member. He might have posted something to a public Google group that is out there,” said club founder Kevin LaKritz, adding that more than a thousand people have access to the forum.
LaKritz said he has met Bucchere, but is not friends with him.
“We don’t tolerate unsafe riding,” LaKritz said, adding that one of the club’s goals is to change the public’s perception of cyclists.
“Our thoughts go out to everyone who is involved.”