Shawnee County Commissioners Settle Bicycle Accident Lawsuit For $70,000

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TOPEKA – County commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2007 bicycling accident that killed one person and injured another.

Shawnee County will pay Thomas Heikes $70,000 for injuries he sustained in a collision on the Lake Shawnee trail.

County counselor Rich Eckert said Heikes' medical expenses exceeded $200,000.

Paula Lucas died in the accident.

Eckert recommended commissioners approve the settlement after a Shawnee County judge ruled in favor of Heikes' during legal proceedings.

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