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Pedestrian Hit By Bicyclist In San Francisco Dies

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) - A woman who was badly injured when she was struck by a bicyclist in a crosswalk at Mission Street and The Embarcadero last month died Thursday morning, San Francisco police said.

Dionette Cherney died in the hospital at 5:20 a.m. from injuries she sustained when she was struck by a bicyclist on July 15, according to San Francisco police and San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan.

Officers arrived to the intersection around 8:30 a.m. and found the woman with a life-threatening head injury, Officer Albie Esparza said.

KCBS' Anna Duckworth:

Detectives determined the bicyclist was riding recklessly, ran a red light, and hit the woman who was crossing the street legally, he said. The bicyclist was questioned and detained at the scene before being released.

Police will present the case to the San Francisco's District Attorney's Office to determine if charges will be filed.

"The San Francisco police investigation is still under way, and we have not formally been presented with the case to review for charging," San Francisco District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Erica Terry Derryck said.

She said the office was communicating with police, but the district attorney will wait to receive all of the information before making a decision.

Esparza said after the collision the bicyclist would face the same potential legal repercussions as the driver of any car involved in a collision with a pedestrian.

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