Trucking co. settles in bicyclist death lawsuit

Trucking co. settles in bicyclist death lawsuit

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 6:04 PM

PORTLAND – The family of a cyclist hit and killed by a semi-truck in downtown Portland in 2012 settled for $700,000 with the trucking company Wednesday morning after a jury heard closing arguments in a wrongful-death claim.

Kathryn Leah Rickson was struck at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Madison Street on May 16, 2012. She was wearing a helmet as she rode in the bike lane with flashing white and red lights.

The truck, driven by a then 49-year-old Dawayne Ray Eacret, turned into Rickson and ran over her, witnesses told KGW at the time. Rickson was taken to the hospital where she died.

Background: Portland bicyclist hit downtown by semi dies

Rickson’s family sought nearly $1.8 million in damages against Delaware trucking company Golden State Foods Corp., claiming the driver and his assistant, Josiah Reed, were negligent in the wreck. The suit also claimed the company didn’t adequately train its drivers and didn’t properly equip its trucks with blind-spot mirrors.

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