Bicycle Accidents Kills 39-Year-Old Father
A bicycle accident left a 39-year-old man dead and $1.5 million settlement for his family. The wrongful death lawsuit arose after the man was coming home from his job at the University of Washington when his bike collided with a van and killed him.
The van that hit the bicyclist was owned by Ambient Control Company and the driver made a u-turn into his path. The victim Kevin Black was rolled over by the tires.
The day following his death, 80 people attended a small memorial to mourn the experienced cyclist. There was a memorial ride and second memorial ceremony to celebrate his life.
Black leaves behind two young daughters and his wife, Michelle.
“He had a smile and a charisma that made people want to talk to him,” friend and neighbor Dennis Grove said during the memorial. “He had a sparkle in his eye.”
A Vulnerable User bill was signed by Governor Christine Gregoire. The bill that was pushed by Black’s wife creates new penalties for drivers who kill or seriously injure cyclists and pedestrians through negligent actions.