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4-18-19. 2:20pm

"The family of Virginia 'Ginny' Murray has been awarded $5.25 million in a lawsuit for her death in July 2016. The jury reduced the award from $7 million to $5.25 million after deciding that she was 25 percent at fault in the fatal crash."

"Her death was believed to be the first bike-share death in the U.S."

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I always wondered how this played out. No amount of money is enough, but I'm glad to see some sort of closure.

Has anyone heard any updates on Anastasia Kondrasheva's death?

No amount of money can return a loved one. But fortunately the jury found justice in the facts of the case. The insurance company for the flooring company had years to resolve this case and the reported offer was only made right before trial. The family never should have been forced to try this case and relive their daughter's death.

Tragic case. Rest in peace. 

I'm also curious about Angela Park from another right hook incident at Halsted and Madison from last year.

Most of the legal precedings in these lawsuits are low-key on the wishes of privacy for their families. 

Figured as much since the ghost bike disappeared after the construction was finished. I still think about this intersection every time I roll through there and that fateful morning I saw a draped cloth and a mangled bicycle :(

Is there such a thing as a nameless ghost bike?

An interesting kickstarter project. Watch the video (2:20).

Excellent article. 

"Ghost bikes ... are visually striking, they've done what a lot of bike advocates have struggled to do. It humanizes cyclists. It drives home the point that there are human beings on those bikes."

That is correct, particularly in cases where the case settles. If it goes to trial it is public record. 

The whole matter is tragic, and my heart goes out to her family. 

As an attorney involved in the case mentioned, “That’s the difficulty now with these Divvy bikes and all these other bike shares around the country, we encourage people to be bicyclists, but it’s difficult when you’ve got to peacefully coexist with other vehicles on the roadway,” he said.  While it may be that Divvy bikes are safer than privately owned bike because they're slower, that wasn't the outcome in this instance. 

An open question for some may be whether we have an inherently dangerous design of sorts as the attorney above alluded to.  Motor vehicles including trucks, and an increasing abundance of bikes in proximity to each other along with an asymmetry of weight, traffic behaviors, and sight-lines all makes for an elevated risk.    

While laws have been outlined to govern behaviors on both the part of motorists and cyclists, a combination of errors, oversights, and non-compliance all converge with drastic results on occasion. 

In this instance, a jury - which isn't science - appears to have concluded that there was contributory negligence on the cyclist's part which they estimated at 25%.  From where I sit I can't tell if that relates to the circumstances of her pounding on the side of the truck trying to alert the driver, which may have implied to the jury that she understood that there was a dangerous situation and might have done something differently, even while not at fault from a road rights perspective.

But mostly, I really feel bad for her family. 


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