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City to pay $3.25M to bicylist injured in pothole crash

Posted Mar 21, 2014 8:00 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A delayed response to complaints of potholes in a California roadway will cost the city of Oakland $3.25 million.

In a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, the city council agreed to pay that amount to Dulcey Bower, a 35-year-old bicyclist who was severely injured in an Aug. 2011 crash on Mountain Boulevard, reports the Oakland Tribune. The council will publicly vote on the settlement at an April 1 meeting.

Only $250,000 will be paid by an insurance company and the rest is to come from the city's coffers, the newspaper notes.

"This was a serious accident, and this settlement is a fair settlement," said Councilman Dan Kalb on Thursday. "The real issue ... is what more do we need to do ... to make sure we fix the roads that need fixing before accidents like this happen. And that's primarily a budgetary challenge."

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