Noe Valley Cyclist Acquitted After Collision With Pedestrian

A reckless driving case against a cyclist who struck a pedestrian in Noe Valley in 2013 has been dismissed after a jury voted 11-1 to acquit him, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office announced today.

On Wednesday, prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor reckless driving charge against John Kewin, 20, a cyclist who was cited on Sept. 23, 2013 following a crash on 24th Street between Castro and Noe streets.

The female pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk, was knocked unconscious and suffered facial injuries in the crash, according to the public defender’s office. Kewin, who was wearing a helmet, suffered minor injuries and stayed on the scene after the collision.

Kewin faced up to a year in jail if convicted of the crime. Prosecutors dropped the charges after a jury voted on June 10 11-1 to acquit Kewin.

Witnesses during the trial provided conflicting testimony about whether or not Kewin was taking care to avoid the pedestrian or riding too fast and swerving.

Dennis Culver, Bay City News

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