PORTLAND — The family of a woman who was run over and killed by a delivery truck on her bicycle has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the company.
Kathryn Rickson was riding in the bike lane on Southwest Madison headed to the Hawthorne Bridge on the evening of May 16th, 2012 when the truck turned into her at 3rd Avenue. She was wearing a helmet and had flashing white and red lights on her bike.
The family sued Golden State Foods Corp. of Delaware for $1.8 million. Both sides settled for $700,000.
Rickson’s estate alleges that the driver, Dawayne Eacret or Keizer and his co-worker, Josiah Reed were negligent in failing to see and yield to her. They also claim the company didn’t adequately train its drivers or properly equip its trucks with blind-spot mirrors.
“It’s been very hard not to keep expecting her to call,” said Kathryn’s father Ted.
“Our daughter didn’t go anything wrong. She obeyed the rules and was a conscious cyclist,” said her mother.
The settlement happened in the midst of a civil trial that lasted part of two weeks. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office earlier found no criminal negligence on the driver’s part.