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Quadraplegic Bed Race Participant Wins $2.25 Million Jury Verdict

February 12, 1988

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ A jury has awarded $2.25 million to a woman left a quadraplegic after an accident in a charity bed race.

Carolyn Pike, 40, was paralyzed from the chest down after she was thrown head first into a utility pole during the August 1986 bed race. The accident occurred when the bed on which she was riding veered off course and hit a curb near the finish line.

The race had been promoted by Katcef Brothers Inc. beer distributor to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The two will split the cost of the award.

The Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury found the two negligent for failing to exercise reasonable care in making sure the bed race course was safe.

The defendants also sued each other. Katcef Brothers and MDA each won their case, but the jury did not assess any damages.

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