Virginia Jury Awards $350K in Triathlon Negligence Case

February 4, 2008

A Montgomery County jury has awarded $350,000 to a woman involved in a crash that killed a bicyclist during a triathlon in 2000.

Sharon Knight had sued the town of Blacksburg and Beverly Biancur, the director of the third annual Greater Blacksburg Triathlon, claiming they were negligent in failing to warn passing motorists of the race course.

Triathlon participant Gary Taylor died midway through the June 18, 2000, competition after his bicycle crashed into Knight’s car. Knight has said that she saw Taylor run a stop sign before the collision.

Attorneys for the town have said competitors were told before the race to follow all traffic signs and laws.

In 2002, a jury found that Biancur and the town were negligent in organizing the race and awarded $500,000 in damages to Taylor’s family.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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