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Athens Cycling Victim Will Receive $850,000 Settlement

ATHENS, GEORGIA – A pastry chef who was run over by a car while riding her bicycle last year will receive $850,000, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. The victim, Melinda Lampbert, was riding to work when a man drove out of his drive and struck her, pinning her below his vehicle until accident responders were able to use emergency hydraulic equipment to free her. She suffered a severe fractures of both hip bones and many smaller pelvic bones between the hips, and also 13 broken ribs, a closed head injury and facial lacerations. Medical bills related to the accident exceeded $220,000. Lambert has not been able to return to work since the accident, and reported nearly $27,000 in lost wages. The out-of-court settlement, reached on the eve of trial, will be paid by State Farm, the motorist’s insurance carrier.