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$875,000 Settlement in Death of Bicyclist

Arlene “Kay” Marshall was a well-known and well-liked resident of St. Charles, Illinois. A retired school aide, Kay was a familiar figure, often seen riding her bicycle as she made her way around town.

On August 6, 2010, Kay left her home at Carroll Towers in St. Charles and approached the intersection of West Main Street (Route 64) and North 2nd Street (Route 31). Kay walked her bicycle southbound on the east side of 2nd Street. As she waited to cross southbound across Main Street, a heavy truck approached the same intersection traveling westbound on Main Street.

According to witnesses, the truck began making a rolling right turn, turning against a red light. The truck began to turn at the same time Kay began to enter the roadway. Kay’s bike was clipped by the truck and became stuck on the mud flap. As the truck pulled away, Kay was pulled underneath, and died after being dragged for several hundred feet.

Kay’s death was a tragedy, and affected her large extended family and her many friends and neighbors. On behalf of Kay’s survivors, attorneys Brian Perkins and Peter Flowers conducted an independent investigation that included witness interviews, videos from the intersection, and an interview with a pathologist. Their efforts resulted in the case being settled for $875,000.

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