Tacoma ordered to pay $242,000 to cyclist

TACOMA — The city of Tacoma has been ordered to pay $242,000 to a bicyclist who smashed his face into the asphalt after hitting a crack in a city-maintained bike lane three years ago.

The Tacoma News Tribune reported Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend ruled this week in favor of Eugene Smith, who is an avid cyclist and was injured Nov. 10, 2010 while pedaling on the bike lane adjacent to S. Alaska Street.

His attorney Richard Levandowski said the collision caused Smith to be hospitalized for three days with a fractured bone around one eye, separated shoulder, chipped teeth and a bruised body.

Levandowski argued that the city was at fault because it ignored design advice that called for lateral supports to be built into the bike lane to help prevent heavy traffic from damaging the lane’s subsurface, among other reasons.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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