Case: “Doe” v. City of Lynnwood
Result: $2,250,000 settlement
“Ms. Doe” was 67 years old, living in senior housing in Lynnwood, Washington, when she was struck in the crosswalk outside her apartment building.
When that housing complex was built, the city was required to install and maintain a lighted crosswalk system. Pedestrians pushed a button; it activated lights to warn drivers that a person was crossing the street.
One September evening, Ms. Doe and a friend were walking home. She pushed the button for the crosswalk warning.
No lights came on: the crossing signal didn’t work. The ladies looked both ways, and saw no cars coming.
When they were halfway across the street, a car pulled out of a nearby parking lot. The driver did not see Ms. Doe and her friend.
The car hit Ms. Doe. She had very serious injuries, and spent 3 months in the ICU at Harborview Medical Center.
Ms. Doe and her family contacted attorney Kevin Coluccio. He immediately began an investigation into the crash.
His investigation team found a witness who said the warning light system had been broken for months—and that the city of Lynnwood knew about it.
The witness had actually spoken with a city worker about fixing the broken crosswalk warning.
After a lawsuit was filed, the city admitted the problem and fixed the crosswalk simply by replacing a broken part.
Ms. Doe spent months in a rehabilitation center. She recovered from many of her injuries, but suffers some permanent disabilities and limitations.