Jury: $1.2M to Illinois boy killed in bike crash

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GOLCONDA, Ill. (AP) – A jury in southern Illinois’ Pope County has awarded $1.2 million to the family of a teenager killed in 2007 when the bicycle he was riding hit an ambulance.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan  reports a judge approved the verdict last week in the trial involving 13-year-old Brett McDaniel’s death.

Authorities have said McDaniel was bicycling near Golconda when he failed to stop at an intersection and hit the side of the Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service ambulance.

The family’s attorneys argued that the ambulance was traveling over the speed limit and didn’t exercise care to avoid colliding with McDaniel.

The ambulance was not carrying a patient and was not on an emergency run.

The ambulance service’s executive director, Jamey Locke, declined comment Tuesday.
Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com


  • Buck O'Famagh

    Let me get this straight…the kid is riding his bike, runs through an intersection (apparently without looking) hits a motor vehicle and dies. How on God’s green earth is this the fault of the vehicle? You do know that when idiot judges and dimbulb juries facilitate this sort of litigation lottery, the money eventually comes out all of our pockets right? Common sense has become a rarity. I hope that as a result of this decision, the response time for ambulances in this County approach infinity and one of the jury members is affected.

    • christopherismelting

      The ambulance was driving 45 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, over a blind hill, and where multiple “Children at play” signs are located. Like it or not, that ambulance driver was breaking multiple laws.
      Furthermore, the award was reduced by 40$ due to Brett’s negligence (ie going through the stop sign).

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