The City of Columbus Ohio has agreed to pay a $1.25 Million settlement to Justin Crabtree for potholes in the roads that contributed to a January 2006 bike crash that left him paralyzed.
According to The Columbus Dispatch:
Justin Crabtree, 25, of Obetz, will receive the settlement payout after his attorney alleged that large potholes on a South Side road were a factor in his bicycle crash in January 2006.
Crabtree and his friend, Terry Blake, were riding bikes when Andre Cook tried to pass them in his Cadillac, according to court documents.
Cook passed Blake, but struck Crabtree, who suffered life-threatening injuries and was left a quadriplegic. A witness said Crabtree had to ride toward the center of the road right before the crash because of potholes in his path.
Bicyclists are allowed to occupy the lane to avoid obstacles in the road, according to state law. Cook was not charged with any crime related to the accident, and Crabtree did not sue him.
Legal experts said the city had to weigh several factors in agreeing to settle. A jury would see Crabtree as a sympathetic victim, they said, and the Franklin County Court of Appeals sided with his attorney and sent the case back to Common Pleas court.