Cyclist Awarded $1.2 Million for Fall in Coralville


By Adam Carros

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The city of Coralville, the state and a construction company will pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman left disabled from a 2008 bicycle accident on a trail on the University of Iowa's Oakdale campus.

Attorney Tim Semelroth said Friday that Bridgid Ruden and her family are trying to move on from the tragedy, and the settlement will help do that.

Ruden fell off her bike after riding through a thick mud patch on the North Ridge Trail. She was wearing a helmet, but suffered brain injuries that put her in a coma and left her disabled. She's since become a motivational speaker.

Her lawsuit contended that flaws in the trail's design, construction and maintenance allowed mud to accumulate and created a danger for cyclists.

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