Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Bicycle Accident Settled for $2.3M

The family of a bicyclist killed when a sheriff’s deputy fell asleep behind the wheel, will receive a $2.3 million wrongful death lawsuit settlement from Santa Clara County in California.

The bicycle accident lawsuit was filed by the parents of Matt Peterson, 29, of San Francisco. He and Kristy Gough, 30, both suffered fatal injuries on March 9, 2008, when Santa Clara Deputy James Council’s car crossed the centerline of the road, and struck the bicyclists. A third bicyclist, Christopher Knapp, was also badly injured in the accident.

Gough’s family and Knapp have also filed personal injury lawsuits against the county, Council and the sheriffs office.

Did You Know?

Millions of Philips CPAP Machines Recalled

Philips DreamStation, CPAP and BiPAP machines sold in recent years may pose a risk of cancer, lung damage and other injuries.

Learn More

According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, the county also hopes to reach an agreement to settle the other lawsuits in the near future.

Council, who fell asleep behind the wheel of his squad car, was sentenced to four months in jail and 800 hours of community service after he pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges of vehicular manslaughter. Council will be able to serve the jail term at home under detention or in the sheriff’s work furlough program. He is barred from driving a police car or carrying a gun and has been demoted to a sheriffs technician.


"*" indicates required fields

Share Your Comments

I authorize the above comments be posted on this page*

Have Your Comments Reviewed by a Lawyer

Provide additional contact information if you want an attorney to review your comments and contact you about a potential case. This information will not be published.

NOTE: Providing information for review by an attorney does not form an attorney-client relationship.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Top Stories

Bard Argues Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Previously Selected for Bellwether Trials Are No Longer
Bard Argues Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Previously Selected for Bellwether Trials Are No Longer "Representative" (Posted 5 days ago)

Bard claims two cases selected for the third and fourth bellwether trials are no longer representative of the litigation due to the plaintiffs' worsening injuries and need for additional surgeries due to their failed hernia mesh products.