San Francisco Shuttle Bus Driver Charged With Manslaughter in Passenger’s Death
A University of California at San Francisco shuttle bus driver is facing misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges stemming from a July 2011 accident that left one passenger dead.
According to The San Francisco Appeal, 64-year-old Wallace Richardson turned himself in to Millbrae police earlier this week after a warrant was issued for his arrest last month.
The bus accident occurred July 14 at the intersection of Octavia Boulevard and Oak Street. According to police reports, Richardson ran a red light and struck a big rig that was traveling north on Octavia. Fifty-two-year-old UCSF professor Kevin Mack was ejected from the shuttle and died at the scene. The University has since installed seatbelts on the shuttles to prevent further injuries or deaths.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Richardson had been involved in at least two other crashes prior to this incident.
Richardson’s case was one of four targeted by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon in a November news conference. The DA announced that his office would be taking steps to reduce the number of traffic violations occurring in the city.
Gascon also cited another fatal bus accident which involved a San Francisco Municipal Railway driver who struck and killed a pedestrian in the Castro district. Thirty-six-year-old Wallace Loggins is scheduled to be arraigned for his role in the August death of 23-year-old Emily Dunn.
In addition to the criminal penalties the drivers face, there may also be civil repercussions if the victims’ family members choose to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. If it’s determined that the fatal accidents were the result of negligence or carelessness, the drivers could be required to pay the families substantial compensation for the loss of their loved one.
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