Bicyclist's case against driver settles on first day of trial

Christina Stueve Hodges Aug. 6, 2012, 2:00pm


A long line of jurors ushered out of St. Clair County Associate Judge Vincent Lopinot's courtroom Monday afternoon after lawyers settled a bicyclist's personal injury case against a motorist.

A trial was scheduled this week involving plaintiff Sydney T. Mulder who claimed he suffered severe injury and pain after Allyssa J. Blasdel allegedly struck him.

Plaintiff's attorney Jarrod Beasley did not disclose the terms of settlement.

In his suit, Mulder claimed he was riding his bike north on Greenmount Road toward oncoming traffic in Shiloh on June 14, 2010, when Blasdel, who drove south after exiting the McDonald's parking lot, struck him.

Mulder blamed Blasdel for causing the collision, saying she failed to control her vehicle, failed to reduce speed to avoid a collision, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to yield to bicyclists.

Blasdel denied the allegations. She claimed Mulder rode his bike on the wrong side of the road.

She also claimed Mulder failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield to the right of way, operated his bicycle at a speed greater than reasonable, failed to slow down to avoid colliding with her vehicle and operated his bicycle on the wrong side of the road.

Mulder sought a judgment of more than $50,000.

Beth Boggs and Kevin Clark of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs represented the defense.

St. Clair County Case number 10-L-357.

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