Man pleads not guilty in double-fatal Haight-Ashbury
By Ari Burack
December 18, 2007
A 22-year-old man accused of killing two men while fleeing
from police in a stolen car early Tuesday morning pleaded not
guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges yesterday in San Francisco
Richard Gosnell, of San Francisco, is alleged to have been driving
a stolen silver Saturn sedan at about 4 a.m. 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.
Two men died Tuesday after a stolen Silver Saturn ran a red light
and plowed into a red Chevrolet in the Haight-Ashbury district
of San Francisco.
The medical examiner's office has identified the victims as Kristopher
of Mill Valley, and Alfonzo Felipe Cortez, 36, of an unknown address.
Photos by Stephen Dorion
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, according to the district
Through his newly appointed attorney, Gosnell pleaded not guilty
this morning to all the charges. He has been ordered held on $1
million bail in this case, and will reappear in court on Jan.
23 to set a date for his preliminary hearing and to be arraigned
on a prosecutors' motion to have his probation revoked.
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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