Recently, a bicyclist was convicted of felony manslaughter in San Francisco after running a red light riding downhill at 30 mph and colliding with a pedestrian. The pedestrian, who had been crossing the street with his wife, died four days after the crash.
Though convicted of felony manslaughter, the situation has raised much scrutiny concerning the rider's sentence, which many view as being too light for the crime. Dan Kann, as an experienced criminal defense attorney, was interviewed on the subject of the sentence. Overall, the bicyclist fared well in terms of the plea deal he made with prosecutors and it is important to remember that this is the first time a bicyclist has been convicted for felony vehicular manslaughter in the U.S. Without precedent, it's difficult to say whether the sentence was appropriate or not.
To read more about the incident or hear the interview in it's entirety, visit 89.3 KPCC's Airtalk article, "Why a light sentence for bicyclist convicted of felony manslaughter?"