• Jury awards family $1.2 million for son’s bicycle death

    by  • July 2, 2014 • News

    POPE COUNTY — A jury in Pope County has awarded $1.2 million to the family of a teenager killed in 2007 when the bicycle he was riding hit an ambulance. lawsuit

    The Southern Illinoisan reports a judge approved the verdict last week in the trial involving 13-year-old Brett McDaniel’s death.

    Authorities have said McDaniel was bicycling near Golconda when he failed to stop at an intersection and hit the side of the Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service Ambulance.

    The family’s attorneys argued that the ambulance was traveling over the speed limit and didn’t exercise care to avoid colliding with McDaniel.

    The ambulance was not carrying a patient and was not on an emergency run. The ambulance service’s executive director, Jamey Locke, declined comment Tuesday.