A grieving husband is scheduled to face in court today the bicyclist who allegedly struck and killed his wife after running a red light in San Francisco last summer.
“I want him to know who he killed,” said Colburn Cherney, of Washington, D.C., whose wife, Dionette “Didi” Cherney, 68, died from head injuries after the tragic July 15 collision at Mission Street and The Embarcadero.
Randolph Ang, 23, is charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in connection with the tragic accident. During today’s hearing, Ang is expected to accept a deal with prosecutors that will include probation and community service, but no jail time.
Colburn Cherney declined to comment on the possible sentence, saying that little can console him. In an interview, Colburn Cherney broke down at every mention of his wife, the beloved real estate expert who was accompanying him on a business trip at the time of the accident.
“I want him to realize what an extraordinary, wonderful, loved person that she was,” he said.
Colburn Cherney said he has penned a statement that will be read at today’s hearing. He said he was stunned by the number of lawbreaking bicyclists he saw while visiting The City. He said he watched numerous blatant road violations during the month he remained here while his wife was in the intensive care unit.
“There needs to be stricter enforcement of the laws,” Colburn Cherney said, adding that he hoped his wife’s death will help create change.
Tony Brass, Ang’s attorney, could not be reached for comment. In the past, he has said his client “feels terrible about what happened.” Prosecutors have said Ang, a Bucknell University graduate with no criminal record, also intends to make a statement today.
Ang was rushing to get to work when he allegedly ran the red light and plowed into Dionette Cherney. The collision caused her to fall and hit the back of her head. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where she died nearly a month later.