HAYWARD (CBS SF) — An Alameda County deputy probation officer was arraigned Friday on a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge for striking and killing a bicyclist with her car in Castro Valley three months ago.

Eunique Wesley, 32, of San Francisco is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Oct. 20 for a pretrial hearing, according to District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick.

The California Highway Patrol said Wesley was driving east on Fairmont Drive near Foothill Boulevard around 9:40 a.m. on June 15 when she looked down, allowing her car to veer to the right.

The 1995 Honda Civic hit Timothy Bucher, a 56-year-old San Leandro man who was also traveling east on Fairmont Drive on his bicycle. He hit his head on the car’s windshield before landing in the roadway, according to the CHP.

Bucher was wearing his helmet but still suffered major injuries. He was taken to Eden Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the CHP.
Wesley was driving about 35 mph at the time of the collision, the CHP said.

Bucher lived in the East Bay his entire life, mostly in San Leandro, according to his friend, John Ackley.

Bucher was a musician and music aficionado who collected musical instruments and bicycles, Ackley said.

Bucher was married and did not have any children.

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  1. Phylib.C says:

    I think its terrible by somone can loose there life to such carelessness this person should be held accountable for her actions.. and be made a example of that the court system still work.. rather its a accident or not she should be punished. 🙂 vehicular manslaughter…

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