San Diego Settles Biker Death Lawsuit for $1.8M

June 9, 2011

San Diego will pay $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit claiming its failure to install a traffic light caused the death of a motorcycle rider.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says the City Council approved the settlement but didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing.

The family of 58-year-old Kenneth Sully filed a wrongful-death lawsuit after he was killed in 2009 in a collision with a car that turned left in front of him on the Pacific Coast Highway.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says the city failed to put in a yield or turn signal after creating a left-turn lane on the highway in 1997. Records show there were a dozen accidents at that intersection from 2006 to 2009.

A $3,000 left-turn signal was installed three months after Sully’s death.

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