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City Settles Bike Injury Lawsuit

Oct 26, 2015 - Late last week, extensive mediation efforts in a long-running personal injury case led to an out-of-court $6.95 million settlement for the plaintiff, Susan Camicia. The City’s insurance will cover the full amount without financial penalty to the City.

In 2006, Ms. Camicia sustained a severe bicycle accident on the I-90 Trail in Mercer Island that left her paralyzed after she hit a fixed wooden bollard while attempting to avoid temporary construction fencing that extended onto the trail. She sued both the City and the Howard S. Wright Construction Company that was overseeing the building of a Park-and-Ride garage at the time of the accident.
This case has taken a long journey through the court system, making its way to the Washington State Supreme Court and back before ultimately being settled in mediation rather than by jury trial.
The safety of bicyclists and all trail users is of utmost importance to the City: the I-90 Trail carries tens of thousands of users every year across Mercer Island without incident. Fortunately, no other I-90 Trail injuries of this scale have occurred since this one, and the City strives to maintain that record of safety.

-Contact Ross Freeman, City Communications Manager at: (206) 275-7662


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