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UCSF Shuttle Driver Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Crash

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Emergency vehicles at the scene of a fatal crash involving a big-rig and UCSF shuttle bus at Octavia and Oak streets in San Francisco, July 14, 2011. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A University of California at San Francisco shuttle bus driver pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge stemming from a July crash that killed a doctor on board, prosecutors said.

Wallace Richardson, 64, was behind the wheel of the bus the morning of July 14 when it crashed at Octavia Boulevard and Oak Street. The crash killed Dr. Kevin Mack.

The shuttle bus was carrying about 15 people when Richardson allegedly entered the intersection on a red light and struck a big-rig, causing Mack to be ejected from the vehicle, prosecutors said. Mack was pronounced dead at the scene.

A warrant was issued for Richardson’s arrest in December, and he turned himself in to Millbrae police last month.

After entering his plea, Richardson was ordered to return to court on March 7 for a pretrial conference in the case, according to the district attorney’s office.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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