A San Francisco Superior Court jury has found the driver of a big-rig truck negligent for striking and killing a 24-year-old woman who was bicycling to Caltrain in the city's South of Market.
Amelie Le Moullac's family had sought $20 million from the driver, Gilberto Alcantar, 47, and Milpitas-based Daylight Foods. On Thursday morning, the jury awarded the family $4 million, and also found Daylight Foods legally responsible for the August 2013 crash at Sixth and Folsom streets.
The most important finding, said Le Moullac's family and their attorneys, was that the jury determined the young woman was not at fault, as police initially alleged and defense attorneys had argued in the monthlong trial.
"This was not a mere accident, and I’m relieved to hear from the jury that something wrong was done, and I’m very sorry that the police missed that," said Denis Le Moullac, Amelie's father. "One can only be relieved to hear that our daughter had done nothing wrong. This is not really something that deeply consoles us, but it satisfies us."
Le Moullac said he went to the site of the fatal collision last night, and saw for the first time that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency had reconfigured the bike lane, and painted it green to make it safer.