Philadelphia Cyclist Wins $2.4 Million Judgment After Being Doored, Run Over

Ashley McKean was hit by a car door and then run over by van on Broad Street in Philadelphia in 2011. Her lawsuit was successful.

In 2011, Ashley McKean was involved a horrific bike crash at Broad and Brandywine streets. McKean, a Temple student, was riding her bicycle when she was doored by a Honda Accord and then struck from behind and then run over by a van. According to a lawsuit she filed, she suffered multiple hip, pelvis and leg fractures, some of which caused permanent damage.

A jury rendered a verdict in that lawsuit very recently, and McKean won a $2.4 million judgment against those involved in the crash. A jury found Marci Shepard (the driver whose door hit McKean), Robert Crawford (the driver of the van) and MCT Transportation (the van’s owner) at fault for the accident. It ruled Shepard 43 percent at fault, Crawford and MCT 36 percent at fault and McKean herself 21 percent at fault.

According to court documents, Crawford testified that McKean should have been riding on the sidewalk, which is against the law. McKean received $880,000 for future medical expenses, $1.334 million for pain and suffering and $200,000 for disfigurement.

The trial lasted six days. Read a copy of the original lawsuit and the finding for the plaintiff below. An attorney for the plaintiff was not immediately available for comment.

Read a copy of the original complaint and jury decision.

[PW | Legal Intelligencer]

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  • Luke Sherry

    Control the lane. Avoid the door zone. Never ride on the sidewalk. Ignore the haters.

    • rj

      Last time I tried that, some thug in a SUV started tailgated me, laying on his horn the whole time for 1-2 blocks.

      If he’d waved a gun at me, he would’ve gone to jail, but for some reason brandishing a 4000-lb deadly weapon is just fine…

      • Luke Sherry

        I think of these as things to aspire to. It is unbelievable what bystanders, law enforcement and the criminal justice system allow motorists to do. We can try to ignore the haters, but they can still run us over. It is a sad reality but the risks of bicycling are easy to overstate. Automobiling kills motorists through collisions, road rage, and negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle. At least bicycle driving avoids that last one.

  • ice tea

    Should of sued the city and herself to.
    The city for changing the law from riding on the sidewalk to the street. Cars and pedal bike do not mix well on streets the bike fly around cars go thru red lights.
    And herself for being stupid.
    They should make it a law that adult bike riders should have a pedal bike licence and a pedal bike tag so they can get pulled over for breaking the law and get red light camera tickets.

    • gav

      Yes, and all those things would definitely have stopped this from happening. No, wait…