Bay City News--The family of an Alameda man who was killed while biking on Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Oakland last September has filed a lawsuit against the city.
Allan Lee was biking with about 14 members of the Alameda Velo bicycle club on Sept. 24, 2011, when he hit a rut going downhill on the eastbound side of Grizzly Peak Boulevard, the lawsuit claimed. Lee was thrown off his bike and a car going westbound fatally struck him. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Lee's widow, Nancy, along with his two daughters, Monica and Samantha, are suing the City of Oakland for the wrongful death of their loved one.
Despite several complaints about gaps, ruts and grooves in the roadway of Grizzly Peak Boulevard, the City of Oakland had not repaired the road, attorney for the Lee family Steven Cavalli said. Two complaints were made to the Oakland Public Works Department in August 2009 and in May 2011 about potholes and cracks but they were not repaired, according to the lawsuit.
The suit alleges that the dangerous condition created by the city on Grizzly Peak Boulevard is the cause of death of Allan Lee and the cause of damages to Nancy, Monica and Samantha Lee. The Lee family is seeking compensation for damages resulting from losing Lee's companionship, financial support and would-be gifts and benefits, as well as funeral, burial and suit expenses.
The Oakland City Attorney's Office was not immediately available for comment.
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