1. NEWS ITEM FROM TODAY’S (2/23/2000) PALO ALTO DAILY NEWS, BY BRIAN BOTHUN
A 24-year-old motorist will face misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of a bicyclist on Canada Road near Woodside, prosecutors said yesterday.
Christopher Wallace of Redwood City has requested a jury trial in the October 22 death of Norlando Bioc of San Mateo, said John Oakes, a San Mateo County deputy district attorney.
Bioc was pedaling southbound on Canada Road on October 22 when Wallace’s Toyota pickup truck veered into the bike lane, Oakes said.
Bioc was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:30 pm collision. Prosecutors decided to file charges after reviewing a report by the California Highway Patrol, Oakes said.
Wallace was allegedly recovering from a cold at the time of the collision, which was ruled an accident, Oakes said. He faces up to one year in the county jail if convicted.
A pretrial hearing is slated for March 21 in Redwood City with a jury trial on April 10.
2. EMAIL IN MEMORY OF NORLANDO BIOC
Norlando Bioc was a member of Peninsula Velo. He origionally raced with the Twin Peaks/Una Mas team before joining PV sometime in 96 or 97. Bill Fallis coached him for the 1998 Nike Worlds Masters Games in Portland, which he and Bill both came in 4th place (age respective) in the (track) points race. He was a flight attendant and lived in San Mateo. He also was a very positive person in his life and a person of faith. 7 yrs ago this Sunday, he was on a Friday eve ride wth friends and was hit from behind by a small pickup whose driver had let drift right due to sleep deprivation. He died at the scene. He was 35 yrs old. We pass that spot every time we ride south on Canada Rd, at the crest of a hill half-way to Woodside. Because the date is on a Sunday this year, I would like to sponsor a group ride in his memory. It will meet at 92/Canada at 8:30AM, and the pace will be m-e-l-l-o-w. Because this will be true, anyone who has a single speed bike (ala track/fixed gear bike set up for road use) is encouraged to ride it. Distance/route can be determined that day; something moderate. I will look forward to riding with you all on that day, without turning a pedal in anger.