Driver Charged with Cyclist's Death by Tube Times Staff

Last month, the SF District Attorney's Office filed three felony charges against the driver suspected of hitting and killing bicyclist Chris Robertson on November 17, 2000. Bicyclists and friends of Chris' packed the courtroom as the suspect was arraigned on $2,000,000 bail for three charges: involuntary manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm. He will face the three-strikes rule because of previous convictions.

The strong charges filed, along with the personal attention of District Attorney Hallinan, who attended the arraignment, show that the D.A.'s Office is treating the case with appropriate high regard. There was some prior concern that the case would not be considered seriously enough because of a tradition in San Francisco of neglecting to charge and prosecute drivers who use their vehicles as weapons.