The bicyclist accused of fatally striking a pedestrian after running a red light in San Francisco last summer is expected to strike a plea deal with prosecutors today that includes no jail time, but a significant amount of community service, The San Francisco Examiner has learned.
Randolph Ang, 23, is charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in connection with the July 15 accident at Mission Street and The Embarcadero that killed 68-year-old Dionette Cherney.
Ang, who is not in police custody, pleaded not guilty to the charge in the fall. But prosecutors said he will possibly accept a plea deal during a court hearing today. The deal would avoid a potentially emotional and taxing trial.
Tony Brass, Ang’s attorney, has said there is “no question this is a tragic accident, and no one feels that more than my client.”
“He feels terrible about what happened to this woman,” Brass said.
Ang, a Bucknell University graduate with no criminal record, was riding his bike about 8:30 a.m. when he allegedly ran a red light and plowed into Cherney.
Ang was rushing to get to work, his attorney said. He had recently landed a job as an assistant media planner at a marketing company on The Embarcadero, Brass said.
The collision caused Cherney to fall and hit the back of her head. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where she died nearly a month later.
Ang was cited and released at the scene. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter Nov. 10 after prosecutors received the final medical examiner’s report. He faced up to a year in jail if convicted on that charge.
At the time, a judge declined to order Ang into custody, saying he was not a flight risk or a danger to the community.
District Attorney George Gascón has said the case highlighted a problem in San Francisco with “careless behavior” by motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Bay City News contributed to this report