UCSF shuttle bus driver to be arraigned Tuesday

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Aftermath: Debris litters the intersection of Octavia Boulevard and Oak Street after the July 14 collision that killed a passenger on a UCSF shuttle bus.
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The driver involved in a car crash last summer that killed a UCSF doctor will be arraigned Tuesday on charges of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

Wallace Richardson, 64, was driving a UC San Francisco shuttle bus July 14 when he allegedly drove through a red light and smashed into a big-rig truck at the intersection of Oak Street and Octavia Boulevard. As a result of the collision, 52-year-old Dr. Kevin Mack, a passenger in the van, was thrown through the windshield, later dying from his injuries.

Richardson was distracted at the time by a conversation he was having with Mack, according to witness testimony filed by the District Attorney’s Office. Mack was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, as the UCSF van was not outfitted with the safety harnesses. The institute has since installed seatbelts in all of its shuttle buses.

Richardson is due to be arraigned at 9 a.m. at San Francisco Superior Court.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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