City of Los Angeles To Pay Cyclist $7.5 Million For Injuries

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to approve a $7.5 million payout to resolve a personal injury claim filed by William Yao, who sued the city following a debilitating bicycle accident.

Approximately three years ago, Yao was riding southbound in a bike lane on Reseda Boulevard when his tire struck a patch of sidewalk that had been lifted four inches by a tree root, throwing him from his bicycle onto the sidewalk, according to his lawsuit.

Mr. Yao was rendered a quadriplegic from the accident, despite wearing a helmet. Prior to the crash, the city had received several complaints about the dangerous condition but had neglected to repair it.


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