Family of Ballard bicyclist killed in crash gets $1.5M settlement

The family of Kevin Black has received a  settlement from a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.5 million. Black was killed in February 2009 while bicycling down 24th Ave. NW in Ballard. The van that struck him was making a U-turn and swerved into the bicycle lane where Black was riding. The van’s owner, Ambient Control Co., agreed to pay the settlement.

Here’s an article by our news partners, The Seattle Times.

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DDF
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DDF

I hope the driver of the van has forgiven herself.

Barfly
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Barfly

Everybody, slow down…..

BBO
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BBO

I hope the company and its owners can stay in business, as well. A tragedy on so many levels. Share the road people.

Vans FTW
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Vans FTW

Not a speed issue…unless you’re referring to the bicyclist.  

Chill Pill
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Chill Pill

jerk.

Chill Pill Slaughterer
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Chill Pill Slaughterer

Semen lover…

Guest
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Guest

This is a tragedy for everyone involved.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the driver of the van, the company, and to Kevin’s family.

The Truth
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The Truth

At least report what really happened, coming from this very website.

“Witnesses stated the van proceeded through the intersection and the
bicyclist passed all the stopped southbound vehicles on the left at a
high rate of speed then briefly moved back into the bicycle lane”.

“Witnesses stated
the bicyclist attempted to pass the van on the left as it entered the
turn lane”.

The Truth
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The Truth

Purported eye-witness account of the accident, “I was there. I was coming down 24th and he came from my left, out of the neighborhood and into the center lane next to the car in front of me. As that car passed he swerved in front of me, to the bike lane and picked up speed for the hill. I dont know how fast I was going, but I am usually about 5 over down that hill and he was passing the cars in front of me. He was moving. As he approached the red light at 65th, I noticed that he really wasnt slowing down and I guessed that he was anticipating the light. When the light turned green he was passing cars in the bike lane and the van pulled away from the curb where the bus stop is. He swung wide to the left to go around the van. I think he thought the van was just pulling out into traffic, but when he realized the van was making a u-turn, he laid the bike down and slid under the van. I was third on the scene and thank God for the guy in front of me, the… Read more »

DDF
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DDF

It’s just all sad.  From all angles.

dalt
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dalt

First time posting here.  Kind of curious why this news is for public consumption?  Did you ask the family for permission to report on their should be private business? 

Anon
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Anon

Settlements can be kept private by court order.  Since the amount and winner was announced, it means that they didn’t want to keep it private.

Al
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Al

Just re-reporting of the story from the Seattle Times which is linked in the story.

Wondering why
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Wondering why

…and yet this site has kept mum for over two years on the jackass who wrapped his car around the lightpole at Taco Time on Easter morning and killed three innocent kids in the process.

Why is that? Why no follow up on that story? Why no request for the toxicology report? Why do you delete all references to the driver’s DUI just weeks before the fatal crash? Where’s the honest and open reporting?

LanceArmstrong
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LanceArmstrong

Ah, I see you’re new here.

Seattle’s spoiled children must immediately seize on any news involving a bicycle and endlessly flog it to trumpet the moral superiority of cyclists, and denigrate anyone who drives a car.

Wondering why
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Wondering why

“superiority”?

The cyclist in the story doesn’t sound to superior to me. More like dead from being dumb.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

…..and thats why your insurance  rates are going up.

DebbieDowner
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DebbieDowner

Because that would run counter to the “Hooray For EVERYTHING!” style of PR that currently passed for “journalism.”  Can’t be negative – think of the children!

ks
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ks

Can we no longer report inappropriate comments Swedes? See above #6.

For those who want to debate the merits of the tragic accident (#8,9), it doesn’t matter anymore does it? There was an accident. A person died. There was a lawsuit. The insurer agreed to settle. In doing so I strongly suspect they included the standard disclaimers. A settlement rarely includes an admission of fault. Therefore there will be no definitive finding of the facts.

Julian
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Julian

A husband, father, and friend is still dead. 

Is it that hard to muster enough decency and courtesy to keep your opinions on bikes and cars to yourselves for one measly MyBallard post (trust me, there will be plenty more bike posts for you to spew on), one that his family is likely to read?

If you wouldn’t say it to their face at a memorial service, please don’t say it here. FFS, people, GROW UP.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The van pulled into a parking space and then did an abrupt U turn without signaling.
Kevin Black was traveling in the bike lane and had to go left in an attempt to avoid the van.
What looks like a “high rate of speed” on a bicycle is probably about 20 to 25mph. 

Anonymous
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Anonymous

…because drivers make illegal U turns that wind up with one of our neighbors dead?

boardbrown
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boardbrown

Totally agree.  What’s the point of re-hashing this thing again after over two years?  Let it rest, and be careful out there.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

The point of course it to bring more hits to a for profit web site

Ticky
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Ticky

Wow. Simply wow. The mod removed my post where I stated that Black had been, in fact, acting stupidly.

What. the. fuck kind of forum do you expect to run if you delet factual posts because you don’t like the way they make you feel?

You’re a pathetic mod. You give the rest of us a bad name.

Kevin Black died because he was riding recklessly and STUPIDLY. If you can’t handle that, maybe you ought to rewrite the entire post  and suit it to your own tatstes. Make it so he was hit by a drunk driver. Or an illegal alien. Or a stoned cop. Which would you prefer over the truth?