$2.5M Settlement to Calif. Bicyclist Struck by a Bus
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on November 6th, 2015
A California woman has received a $2.5 million settlement for serious injuries suffered in 2012 when a mass transit bus struck her while she rode her bicycle home from a gym in Emeryville, Calif.
The victim, Cara McClendon of Oakland, suffered a brain injury and a shattered face in the crash, which happened July 17, 2012, when she was struck by an AC Transit bus while maneuvering around a second bus that was stopped at a green light, according to an Oct. 22 story in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“As she made her way into the intersection at 45th Street, an AC Transit bus heading the other way made a quick left turn into her path and hit her,” the story reported. The driver of the bus that struck McClendon, Lynn Jackson, radioed in to the bus company after the impact and said “I think I just killed someone,” the paper reported.
McClendon was placed in a drug-induced coma in the hospital where “doctors used titanium plates and screws to piece her face back together, while they monitored her brain, which suffered a minor injury” the story reported.
The bus driver allegedly had another accident one month before the McClendon crash “when she ran a red light, took a turn too fast and rolled a passenger out of her seat,” the story reported. The driver was apparently fired after the crash that injured McClendon.
A story from San Francisco’s CBS Channel 5 reported that the bus driver was “taking a turn three times faster than the agency’s internal regulations allowed” when the collision occurred.
The AC Transit board approved a $2.5 million settlement to McClendon “because of both the crash, and the driver’s past problems,” the CBS story reported.
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