Man accused in double-fatal Haight-Ashbury crash
appears in court
By Ari Burack
December 13, 2007
A 22-year-old man accused of killing
two men while fleeing from police in a stolen car early Tuesday
appeared in San Francisco Superior Court on vehicular manslaughter
charges this morning for the first time since his arrest.
Richard Gosnell, of San Francisco, walked with a pronounced limp
into the courtroom today, with a cast on his left forearm and
shoulder-length hair settling over an orange prisoner's sweatshirt.
His temporary attorney declined to enter a plea on Gosnell's
behalf and requested the arraignment be postponed until an attorney
is appointed to handle the case. He is scheduled to reappear with
his attorney Monday.
Gosnell is alleged to have been driving a stolen silver Saturn
sedan at about 4 a.m. Tuesday when police in the Haight-Ashbury
District ran the license plate and attempted to stop the vehicle.
Gosnell allegedly fled from police and at about 4:30 a.m. drove
through a red light at Divisadero and Page streets, slamming into
a red Chevrolet and killing the car's two occupants, Kristopher
Bratt, 20, of Mill Valley, and Alfonzo Felipe Cortez, 36.
The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has charged Gosnell
with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence,
one felony count of auto theft, one felony count of possessing
a stolen vehicle, one felony count of evading a police officer
resulting in the death of another person, and one misdemeanor
count of driving without a valid license.
Gosnell has a prior conviction in 2006 for burglary, for which
he received three years' probation, a prosecutor with the district
attorney's office said this morning.
Gosnell has been ordered held on a no-bail status. The only passenger
in the Saturn, 22 year-old Joshua Wilson, has not yet been charged
pending additional investigation into the accident, according
to the district attorney's office.
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