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CTA Settles Bus Accident Lawsuit For $5.45 Million

The CTA has settled a lawsuit for $5.45 million in the case of a woman who was struck and killed by a CTA bus as she sought to remove her bicycle from the bike rack at the front of the bus. The incident happened in 2007.

Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of November 14, titled “CTA settles suit over bike rack death” :

Ludwika Szynalik, 59, was taking her bike off the rack on the front of the No. 152 Addison bus she had been riding on Dec. 31, 2007 when the driver accelerated and dragged her more than 80 feet, according to a lawsuit Szynalik’s family filed in Cook County Circuit Court in 2008.


Szynalik, a resident of Chicago’s Northwest Side, died later that day at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

There were bus video recordings of the accident, which happened at Addison and Neenah.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above.

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