Family of Alameda Cyclist Sues Oakland for Wrongful Death

Alan Lee, 53, was killed in a bicycle accident Sept. 24, 2011, on Grizzly Peak Boulevard.

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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Khandrola Dechen August 01, 2012 at 04:11 PM
sue, sue, sue. No wonder municipalities are going broke. He was bikeing near a forested very hilly, area. He hit a tree root. That's life, accidents happen. The alternative is prohibit bike riding, just in case you hit a patch of bad road. He was with 14 other bikers ina residential area that is difficult to navigate on one lane roads even in a car. What are the odds he was talking to others and not paying attention? These are the kinds of questions you will have to prove in court, but rather than accept it amy have been his fault, you decided you needed to "blame" someone and waste time and money.
Anthony Bologna, Jr. August 01, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Assume you KNOW all the fact and then, switch out Alan Lee for your close family member, Khandroia Dechen....what would YOU do...???
steve August 02, 2012 at 07:14 AM
I am a member of his cycling club and the rut in the road consisted of a very long, very wide, and very deep gap. It was shocking to me and in my opinion there was gross negligence. I wish someone would post pictures.
Khandrola Dechen August 05, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I would realize that if I choose to engage in a recreational activity, it carries risk with it, and I am taking on the challenge to manage my play so I am not injured. I've actually had to drive around this area for a period of time, and it's a white knuckle ride for any motorist because the bikers fly through intersections without stopping (signs or no signs).


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