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Husband of Slain Bicyclist Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Driver


man riding a bicycle alongside road

According to the Chicago Tribune, the husband of a woman who died after being hit by a car on her bicycle is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

About the Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Joni Beaudry, 55, was riding her bike at Central Road and Weller Lane when the fatal bicycle crash occurred. Beaudry attempted to traverse the street at the crosswalk when she was hit by an SUV.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the mother of five died from injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of the SUV, 56-year-old Hanna Burzynska, was cited by police and issued a fine for misdemeanor failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

On Friday, Beaudry’s husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Burzynska, according to the Chicago Tribune. The lawsuit, which seeks more than $100,000 in damages, states that Burzynska carelessly and negligently drove and operated the SUV, failing to keep a reasonable careful lookout ahead.

The lawsuit seeks compensation not only for medical, funeral, and burial expense but also emotional suffering the family has gone through.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

The following information regarding bicycle, or pedalcycle, crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 743 pedalcyclists died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
  • An estimated 48,000 pedalcyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
  • Sixty-eight percent of all pedalcyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 died in urban area crashes.
  • Most pedalcyclist fatalities occurred at non-intersections (57%) in 2013.

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