charney.jpgA bicyclist will be arraigned Wednesday on manslaughter charges for fatally striking a pedestrian in San Francisco in July, prosecutors said.

Randolph Ang, 23, was riding his bike at about 8:30 a.m. on July 15 when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Mission Street and The Embarcadero and struck Dionette Cherney, 68, police and prosecutors said.

Cherney was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where she died Aug. 11.

Ang was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter on Nov. 10 and will be arraigned Wednesday morning at the San Francisco Hall of Justice.

Prosecutors had to defend the timing of the charges against Ang earlier this month because of allegations in media reports that District Attorney George Gascon, who was seeking election to his first full term in the position, had waited to file charges until after Election Day to not antagonize the city’s large bicyclist population.

District attorney’s office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said prosecutors had to wait to file charges until they received the final medical examiner’s report on the collision, which came on Nov. 9. The charges were filed the next day.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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