A San Diego man will receive a $1.75 million payout from the city for a bike accident caused by a protruding piece of concrete in a bike lane.
The settlement, to be paid from the public liability fund, was unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council last week.
The bicyclist, Michael Cizauskas, will also get $1 million from a landscaper and $30,000 from an arborist, both of whom were under city contract to maintain the area along Carmel Canyon Road, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
On May 22, 2016, Cizauskas, then 57, was riding near his home when his front tire hit the obstruction. He was thrown from his bike, knocked unconscious and suffered injuries including a broken leg and a concussion.
The patch of concrete near a storm drain had been raised about 2 inches by tree roots, and the midday shadows made it hard to see, Cizauskas’ complaint said.
After five years of negotiation, the settlement was approved last month shortly before a jury trial was scheduled to start, the Union-Tribune said.
Cizauskas’ suit initially sought more than $10 million. The married father of a teenager, he said he could no longer work as a contractor or enjoy hobbies including surfing and skiing.
In 2017, San Diego paid $4.85 million to a bicyclist who suffered head and spinal injuries because of a buckled sidewalk in the Del Cerro neighborhood.