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December 27, 2012

Van strikes bicycle, driver flees accident scene 

Joseph Tucker, 29, was riding his bicycle on a San Francisco street when the driver of a van owned by Lorrie’s Travel & Tours, Inc., collided with him near an intersection. Tucker was ejected from his bicycle and fell to the ground. The van driver left the scene of the accident.

Tucker suffered dental injuries and four jaw fractures. He underwent a lengthy surgery and required wiring in his mouth. He also required veneers and crowns, which necessitate ongoing dental work. His medical expenses were about $150,000. A bank account manager earning about $23 per hour, Tucker missed about two months from work.

Tucker sued Lorrie’s Travel, alleging it was vicariously liable for the actions of its unknown driver. Tucker also sued two purported drivers, Rufino Mejia and Edgar Abecendario, alleging negligent driving.

Abecendario settled before trial for $8,500. Lorrie’s Travel also settled before trial for $250,000. The jury awarded about $593,200.

Citation: Tucker v. Lorrie’s Travel & Tours, Inc., Confidential Dkt. No. (Cal., San Francisco Co. Super. July 26, 2012).

Plaintiff counsel: Lenore R. Shefman and AAJ member Shaana Rahman, both of San Francisco.

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