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Montlake Bridge accident leads to $8 million settlement

Posted by Kate Bergman on October 27th, 2010

An accident on the Montlake Bridge three years ago turned a cyclist into a quadriplegic.  Now, the man has settled with WSDOT for $8 million dollars.  Mickey Gendler, a former high profile environmental attorney in Seattle, was riding across the bridge in October of 2007 when his bicycle tire got lodged in an inch-wide gap between sections of the metal grating.  He was thrown over the handlebars causing devastating injuries.  That gap has since been filled in, although the SeattlePI reports the state contended most cyclists use the sidewalks instead of riding over the grating.  Gendler spoke with our news partners at the Seattle Times and you can read the story here.



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1 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 UD // Oct 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I’m sorry this person was injured so badly but it needs to be said that I’d never ride my bike on those metal bridge gratings.