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Cyclist Death Leads to Civil Suit

A growing number of cyclists are putting their bikes to use on California roads, in an effort to save money and improve their health. When motorists on the road do not pay attention to cyclists, though, tragic consequences can result. All riders deserve to be safe and protected as they follow the law on California’s streets. Sadly, crashes claim scores of lives each year throughout the nation. The family of one such victim has decided to file a wrongful death suit against a San Francisco food distributor and the driver of the commercial truck that hit their daughter.

The 24-year-old woman was killed in August when she was struck by a commercial truck belonging to Daylight Foods. The 45-year-old driver of that vehicle has come under fire for making several bad decisions during the morning rush hour, including driving too fast to correctly negotiate a turn. Reports show that the man also failed to turn into the proper lane when he drove his vehicle onto Folsom street on Aug. 14.

Attorneys for the young woman’s family are also blaming the police for their poor interpretation of the facts in the case. At first, the driver alleged that the cyclist was at fault for the crash, but a local bicycling advocate proved him wrong by unearthing surveillance tapes from local businesses. The criminal case against the driver is still developing, but the civil proceedings have been formally launched. The family’s lawyers say the civil matter must be initiated quickly after such an accident, even before criminal charges are brought, in order to ensure that evidence is gathered and witness statements are accurate. As time passes, memory fades, and the likelihood of presenting correct information in the case may lessen.

The young woman’s relatives are slowly coming to terms with the tragic accident, having spread some of her ashes beneath the Golden Gate Bridge this month. Her parents, who have been divorced for a decade, say they are both mourning the death of their beloved daughter.

Source: abclocal.go.com, “Wrongful death lawsuit filed in cyclist death” Dan Noyes, Sep. 03, 2013