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Family Suing MS Society in Bike Fatality

Published October 16, 2007

CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—The family of a young girl killed in a 2006 North Carolina bicycle crash filed a lawsuit against the charity ride organizers that put on the event.

According to The Charlotte Observer, 15-year-old Rachel Giblin's family is suing the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, saying the organization did not provide a safe ride the way it had promised it would.

Giblin died September 16, 2006 when a truck hit her and her brother, who were riding a tandem bike on Highway 15/401. The Giblin's, who lived in Charlotte, were participating in the 2006 Breakaway to the Beach.

That ride ran from Monroe, outside Charlotte, all the way to the Grand Strand.

According to the paper, the family's suit alleges the MS Society did not notify police or the Highway Patrol that the bikers would be using the narrow stretch of highway, which is heavily travelled by 18-wheelers.

The Highway Patrol investigated, but did not charge anyone in the case.

The paper did not report how much money the family is seeking in damages.

Topics associated with this article: Advocacy/Non-profits

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