On March 29, San Francisco web entrepreneur Chris Bucchere
was returning from a group cycling ride
when he struck and killed a 71-year-old pedestrian
his bicycle down Castro street and through a crowded crosswalk—at 35 MPH,
according to his STRAVA app.
"In a nutshell, blammo," is how Bucchere described the incident
in a (since deleted) posting to the Mission Cycling Club website. While he noted a "RIVER of blood" from his victim, Bucchere ended his post with a jovial ode to his own "late helmet." As Bucchere tries to scrub
his online identity, including posts about fixed-gear bikes
, some cyclists are questioning
whether riding a fixed-gear bike
without brakes may have contributed to the accident.