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Lawsuit Filed Against Big Rig Driver and Owner in Portola Valley Death of Avid Cyclist, Mother
Husband, Children File Wrongful Death Suit in Wake of CHP Report on Nov. 4 Alpine Road Collision
“Lauren was an experienced cyclist who was strong and confident on her bike, knew the rules of the road and advocated for bicycle safety. While the CHP was conducting its investigation, we brought in scientists and other experts to evaluate the circumstances surrounding Lauren’s tragic death, and the team disagrees with the CHP’s conclusions as to the cause. As a result, Bob and the Ward children would like a jury to hear the evidence and decide,” said John Feder of Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn.
On Nov. 4 at 3:38 p.m., Lauren Ward, a 47-year-old nurse and Los Altos Hills resident, was riding her Trek bicycle westbound on Alpine Road near Highway 280 in Portola Valley. The 26-wheel big rig, driven by Vera and owned by Castroville-
The CHP report released Monday notes that Vera has been involved in two prior collision fatalities but was found not at fault in each case. There are no eyewitnesses on record.
“This is the third death involving this particular driver, and the Wards are the third family to suffer the loss of a loved one. It’s critical that we get our day in court and lay out the chain of events that transpired the afternoon of Nov. 4. We encourage any witnesses that may have been in the area to contact the Redwood City CHP at 650.369.6261 or my office at 415.398.5398,”
Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn represents injured individuals throughout California, and nationwide. Founded in 1980, the firm focuses on catastrophic-
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