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Lawsuit will go forward against driver in bicyclist’s death

February 9, 2017

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says a jury should decide who’s responsible for the death of a 19-year-old Livingston County man who was struck while riding a bike after a night of drinking.

In a 2-1 opinion, the court reversed a decision in favor of a pickup truck driver. It means there will be a trial or settlement in the 2011 death of Aaron Reid.

Reid and pals were drinking vodka and riding on bike trails before going to McDonald’s for a big breakfast. His blood-alcohol level was 0.07 when he was hit by the pickup and two more vehicles.

The appeals court says there’s a genuine dispute over evidence and negligence. Judge Peter O’Connell disagreed, saying Reid was more than 50 percent at fault.