Family Awarded $12.5 Million In SoCal Biker's Death

A jury awarded $12.5 million to the family of a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a car driven by a woman with cataracts.

A Ventura County Superior Court panel ruled Friday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the motorist on behalf of Glenn Garvin's wife and two sons.

Garvin, 49, of Thousand Oaks, was struck from behind while riding in a bicycle lane on Sept. 16, 2006.

The new Lexus that hit him was driven by 82-year-old Norma Seigel of Thousand Oaks, who recently had learned she had cataracts in both eyes.

She also had been involved in another rear-end crash six months earlier.

Seigel acknowledged before trial that she was responsible for Garvin's death.

Garvin was a volunteer city traffic safety commissioner who "taught and lived bicycle safety," said his wife, Pamela.

In a prepared statement, she made reference to another elderly driver who was involved in a deadly crash in 2003.

George Russell Weller was 86 when his car plowed through a street market in Santa Monica, killing 10 people and injuring more than 70.

Garvin said her husband's death and those at the market "were all preventable and teach us that we must individually take responsibility for those we love, whether elderly or young, who should not be driving."


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