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Palo Alto Weekly

News - July 5, 2013

Bike crash spurs $17 million claim against City of Palo Alto

Family of 12-year-old boy hit by driver disputes road's safety

by Sue Dremann

The family of a 12-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle while riding on the 2500 block of Park Boulevard has filed a $17 million claim against the City of Palo Alto for negligent design of the bike route on the road.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by myhometoo, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

From the event described the driver was at fault for driving and not being able to see. This follows the pattern of a driver hitting something in front of him, it is that driver's fault - like a rear end collision. The driver was intoxicated and displayed bad judgement, hit and injured someone.

Hau, the driver's, insurance is liable here.

I can sympathize with the family of the injured boy looking for a way to pay for his injuries and care for the rest of his life - this is why I believe it is much fairer, and more sensible to have to a social safety net and a universal health care so that the future of victims like this does not ride on the gamble of a roll of the dice in the legal system ... on how good one's lawyer is, or how much money their family has, or whether they were injured in a construction zone that can be accused of being set up faulty. This could be or affect any of us ... and we ought to have a system that will care for all of those who are injured appropriately.


Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

This is a very unfortunate incident. Sadly, I am surprised it doesn't happen much more often, given how many people I see driving with their windshields fogged during the colder months. The city is being sued because of a "negligent design" of a bike route. I fail to see how any bike lane design that shares pavement with a road can protect a rider when the driver is driving "25-35" and can't clearly see where he is going.

Drivers -- do not proceed if your windshield is fogged. Ever. If you can't see where you are going because of sunshine/glare -- stop. Warm the engine and defrost the windshield.