SF Family Wins $2.3 Million Wrongful Death Suit

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Jul-2009

The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported in an article that a $2.3 million settlement was awarded to the parents of a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a sheriff’s deputy. Parents of the 29-year-old victim filed the claim against a Deputy Council member who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his cruiser before striking the decedent and two others. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed in Superior Court against Council, Santa Clara County, and the sheriff’s department.

Council’s cruiser crossed the center line after he fell asleep at the wheel on March 9, 2008. The bicycle accident in Cupertino, which occurred on Stevens Canyon Road, took the lives of two and seriously injured another. Lead deputy county counsel said that the county was “pleased that [it] was able to reach a resolution with the family.” Other lawsuits filed against the county and Council by the other parties are still pending, but county officials, according to the lead deputy, “hope to be able to resolve those matters in the near future.”

Council pled guilty to two counts of misdemeanor criminal manslaughter and was sentenced to four months in jail and 800 hours of community service. At the time of the accident, Council did not have drugs or alcohol in his system, and had not been driving recklessly prior to falling asleep.

Unfortunately, accidents can be caused even by those who are meant to serve and protect us. In the event of negligence of any kind that results in injury or death, experienced legal counsel is a necessity. The Northern California wrongful death attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP offer free consultations of cases, and will exhaust all possible resources to ensure that you receive the closure and compensation that you deserve to help deal with the stress and heartache that personal injury can bring about. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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