RON AND DON

Family argues that Seattle bike policy led to cyclist’s death

May 25, 2017, 6:22 AM | Updated: 9:42 am

The City of Seattle claims that rider error was the cause of an accident that led to cyclist Desiree McCloud’s death. But there are those who aren’t buying that conclusion and they are suing the city over it.

Desiree McCloud grew up in a small Indiana town with her brother Cody. She moved to Seattle after college and spent a lot of time on the road; on her bike.

RELATED: Duff McKagan argues against Seattle bike routes

“Last Friday the 13th, last May, she was on her way to Alki Beach,” Cody told KIRO Radio’s Ron and Don about the last bike trip Desiree took in Seattle.

“She definitely was a recreational cyclist … in her free time, it was what she loved to do,” he said.

En route from Capitol Hill to Alki Beach, Desiree crashed and was sent to a hospital with severe injuries – she died 11 days later. The city’s report on the incident argues that there must have been rider error that caused the incident.

Cody’s attorney, Jeff Campiche, doesn’t accept that version. He’s had the accident analyzed by an engineer. They came up with a different conclusion, one that some in Seattle have previously claimed – that Desiree’s bike tire fell into the streetcar tracks on Yesler Way and got stuck. The bike suddenly stopped because of this and threw Desiree from the bike.

“But the reason she died is because the city chose to encourage bicyclists to ride next to the notoriously dangerous trolley tracks,” Campiche said. “There’s been over 80 people injured.”

“Seattle has encouraged alternatives to automobiles and developed trolleys, which are small trains that drive on top of the roadway – they are not in tunnels,” he said. “The tracks go right down the roadway and the city chose to put the bicycle lanes and the routes for the bicycle paths on the streets and encouraged, and almost require, the bicycles to go down certain streets.”

Cody traveled to Seattle Wednesday to announce the lawsuit against the City of Seattle and Sound Transit. He is arguing that the First Hill Streetcar tracks are the cause of his sister’s death. The family is seeking $2 million in claims.

Ron and Don

...
KIRO Newsradio Newsdesk

Ron and Don’s last show on KIRO Radio

Last night was Ron and Don’s last show on KIRO Radio.
3 years ago
Kelly Herzberg in her natural habitat. (Photo by Rachel Belle)...
Rachel Belle

In Seattle, a personal shopper and stylist who only shops at thrift stores

If you think you can't afford a personal stylist, head to the thrift store with Sweet Kelly Anne Styling's Kelly Herzberg who will pull hundreds of pieces for you to try on.
3 years ago
Viaduct waterfront...
Ron Upshaw

What do we do with the waterfront after the viaduct is gone?

After the viaduct is taken down, we'll be left with a choice: What do we do with one of the most beautiful waterfronts in the country?
3 years ago
(MyNorthwest)...
Ron Upshaw

Shower Thoughts: Ichiro can give Mariners fans something to root for

Rumor has it that Ichiro might make a comeback next year, and I for one welcome it.
3 years ago
Border wall...
Ron Upshaw

Trying to figure out why people want Trump’s border wall

A little over 40 percent of Americans now support the idea of a border wall, but what is it about it that seems so attractive?
3 years ago
Dan McCartney, Pierce County Sheriff...
Don O'Neill

Why you could hear kids’ voices on Pierce County Sheriff radios Monday night

Sometimes, "gone but not forgotten" isn't always how slain officers are remembered. But in Pierce County, a special effort is being made to commemorate a fallen deputy.
3 years ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
...

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]
...

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
...

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Family argues that Seattle bike policy led to cyclist’s death