On March 29, 2012, Sutchi Hui was crossing Castro Street when Chris Bucchere plowed through the intersection on his bicycle. Hui, 71, was thrown more than 20 feet, suffered extensive injuries and died a few days later. Bucchere was trying to set a personal best speed record. He posted about the accident on a bicycling forum:
I was already way too committed to stop. The light turned red as I was cruising through the middle of the intersection and then, almost instantly, the southern crosswalk on Market and Castro filled up with people coming from both directions. … I couldn’t see a line through the crowd and I couldn’t stop, so I laid it down and just plowed through the crowded crosswalk in the least-populated place I could find.
He concluded with a tribute to his helmet: “In closing, I want to dedicate this story to my late helmet. She died in heroic fashion today as my head slammed into the tarmac … The moral of this little story is: WYFH [wear your fucking helmet].”
Bucchere was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter. Under the terms of his plea agreement, he won’t serve time. Reportedly Hui’s family did not want to press for a prison sentence. Which makes them better people than I am. If you want to cry your eyes out, google and find the video of Mr. Hui’s wife talking about her best friend.
His name was Sutchi Hui.