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Montreal cyclist awarded $200K in pothole crash
Marnie Scanlan forced to change job after devastating fall
By Karen Bleier, Agence France-Presse May 21, 2011
A Montreal cyclist weaves between potholes in the Plateau. The city has agreed to pay $200,000 to Marnie Scanlan, a cyclist who suffered injuries that forced her to change professions after hitting a pothole in 2003.Photograph by: Dario Ayala, Gazette file photoMONTREAL -- A cyclist who was seriously injured after falling into a pothole in 2003 will receive almost $200,000 from the city of Montreal, according to a media report.
The woman, Marnie Scanlan, fractured her left shoulder during the fall. Part of her left arm remains incapacitated.
Scanlan, a personal trainer for 30 years, had to change her profession to become a Pilates instructor.
Deciding that her case was "too local" and had no "national interest," the city chose to hand her a cheque for $113,193 plus interest, for a total of $199,110, La Presse newspaper reported Saturday.
On the day of her fall, Scanlan said she was biking to a client's home down a street on a 10-degree slope without pedalling, hands on the brakes, at about 15 kilometres per hour.
Her front wheel got stuck in a very deep pothole and she was thrown about two car lengths' forward. She stopped her fall with her arms and her helmet split on impact, according to court documents.
The impressive pothole was up to 25 centimetres deep and 35 centimetres wide, according to a neighbour cited in court filings.
Adding to the trouble, it was also camouflaged under yellow paint. A city contractor had just redone street markings in the area, where the speed limit was set at 30 kilometres per hour.
Scanlan accused the city of "failing to maintain Roslyn Street."
"The gradient, which caused the accident, was also a trap," she told an appeals court.
Scanlan scored two legal victories in the case, one before a superior court in November 2008 and another before an appeals court in April 2011.
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