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Judge awards $1.2 million to family of biker killed in ambulance collision

The teen failed to stop at an intersection and ran into the side of the ambulance, which “failed to exercise care to avoid colliding with a person riding a bicycle”

By EMS1 Staff

GOLCONDA, Ill. — The family of a teenager who died when he collided with an ambulance while riding his bike was awarded $1.2 million by a southern Illinois jury.

Brett McDaniel, 13, failed to stop at an intersection as a Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service ambulance was cresting a hill around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2007, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 

The ambulance did not have lights and sirens activated, and attorneys for McDaniel’s family alleged the emergency vehicle was traveling over the speed limit and “failed to exercise care to avoid colliding with a person riding a bicycle.”

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Ken Fischer Ken Fischer Wednesday, July 02, 2014 9:13:21 AM Well that's new. I've also had a deer run into the side of my ambulance. SMDH!
Julie Etheridge Corley Julie Etheridge Corley Wednesday, July 02, 2014 9:16:59 AM smh, I am sorry the family lost their child, but at 13 I knew to use caution ANY time I was on my bike. Society assumes that Ambulances are always speeding and the lawyer played on their ignorance. :(
Ginger Ridge Ennis Ginger Ridge Ennis Wednesday, July 02, 2014 9:29:35 AM WOW - and you wonder why people hesitate to go into this profession naow??????
Tony O'Daniel Tony O'Daniel Wednesday, July 02, 2014 9:57:45 AM Wow. The land of use before being sued!! This is so redicolus.
Kathy Gibson Kathy Gibson Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:01:19 AM They returned a pt. To the nursing home, why would they have lights and sirens going?
Cindy Roberts Cindy Roberts Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:17:12 AM Sorry for the loss of the child, but the child failed to stop at an intersection and if the ambulance is not on a call it does not need lights or sirens. The ambulance was coming over a hill which means they were not going to the 4 way stop there in Golconda so there for the ambulance had the right of way and the boy should of stopped and looked and with a hill present the boy should of stayed put for a few to make sure it was clear. If I was the ambulance service I would appeal. I can't imagine what the family has or is going through but to read this it isn't the fault of the ambulance.
Gary Marshall Gary Marshall Wednesday, July 02, 2014 1:43:47 PM Im a medic and i have four kids if that child was mine i wouldnt blame the ambulance,Thats some BS sorry to the parents and to the medics,i hope they dont get black balled from there chosen profession because of a mistake. Godbless and goodluck
Susan Webster Helton Susan Webster Helton Wednesday, July 02, 2014 2:05:14 PM What??? I hate that the child died. But he rode thur an intersection without stopping and using caution himself.
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Wednesday, July 02, 2014 2:48:39 PM It is worse than that -- the kid ran into the side of the ambulance and was judged to be 40% responsible. I suspect if there is an appeal the award will be reduced to below $500K. While I sympathize with the family I know how fast I got my bike up to and it wasn't any 15-20 MPH. I still have a few scars from when I lost it.
Alan Yates Alan Yates Thursday, July 03, 2014 5:24:57 AM That is messed up. It is terrible that the child died but it seems to have been his fault so the family needs to get their "lawyer" off and stop useless suits.
Mary Mclain Mary Mclain Thursday, July 03, 2014 2:15:58 PM Some people are so greedy and money hungry that they will do anything (except honest labor) to get money.
Roger Ramirez Roger Ramirez Thursday, July 03, 2014 3:37:41 PM The attorney representing the family made bank..on this "greedy" lawsuit by the family..sad for their loss..but, REALLY?
Steven Hertz Steven Hertz Friday, July 04, 2014 9:04:44 AM I guess if we have to be responsible for everyone on the road its time to park the rigs and let people fend for themselves.

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