Bike_Lane.jpgAn Oakland man charged with hitting and killing a bicyclist with his car last Friday in San Francisco pleaded not guilty to the charges today.

According to police and prosecutors, 21-year-old Nils Linke, who was visiting the U.S. from Germany, was biking south on Masonic Avenue near Turk Street at about 10:40 p.m. on Aug. 13 when an older-model Mercedes-Benz struck him from behind while going in the same direction.

The driver of the Mercedes, 36-year-old Joshua Calder, allegedly drove away from the scene afterward, prosecutors said. He was arrested about two blocks away after witnesses gave police a description of the car.

Calder pleaded not guilty this morning in San Francisco Superior Court to charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, drunken driving and hit-and-run. A judge ordered him to undergo alcohol counseling.

Calder is out of custody after posting bail, which had been set at $500,000.

He is scheduled to return to court Oct. 1 for a status hearing.

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  • RememberNils

    Hope you will be covering the status hearing today. Public pressure and media presence are essential to ensure that this case is not swept under the rug and that the defendant–and the justice system itself–are held fully accountable. Please keep us posted.