On August 14, 2013, 24-year-old Amelie Le Moullac was cycling through SoMa when she was killed in a collision with a semi truck at Folsom and Sixth Street. A wrongful death trial began last week, naming both the truck driver and the company he worked for, Daylight Foods of Milpitas, and as KQED reminds us, we have the SF Bicycle Coalition to thank for the fact that the SFPD didn't blame Le Moullac for her own death.
As the SF Bay Guardian originally reported, the SFPD failed to seek out surveillance footage of the collision, which clearly showed that the driver, Gilberto Alcantar, entering the bike lane as he turned right onto Sixth Street from Folsom, hitting Le Moullac.
The attorney arguing on behalf of Le Moullac's family said in opening arguments that she was "following all the rules of the road" on her way to Caltrain that morning, and Alcantar was at fault.
Defense attorneys are arguing that Le Moullac had headphones in at the time, a set of white earbuds to be exact, which can be seen tangled in her helmet in evidence photos. They're also arguing that she was traveling twice as fast and should have gone around to the left of Alcantar's truck when she saw him signal.
Le Moullac's case was one of the more dramatic and publicized cases of cyclists being killed in SF last year. Two months later, at Bryant and Division Streets, a 78-year-old man was killed in a collision with a Muni bus.