Family of bicyclist Jack Yates settles with Potts & Callahan
Above: Memorial “ghost bike” for Baltimore cyclist John R. “Jack” Yates.
The family of a bicyclist killed last year when his bike collided with a truck in north Baltimore has settled their lawsuit against Potts & Callahan Inc. and the alleged hit-and-run driver of the truck, according to The Maryland Daily Record.
The civil sought brought by the children of John R. “Jack” Yates had been scheduled to go to trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Monday, when a settlement agreement was reached, according to the Record.
Yates, 67, had been riding his bicycle south on Maryland Avenue on Aug. 4, 2009 when he was caught in the rear wheels of a truck he was following, Baltimore police said, at the time.
Yates was run over as the truck turned right on Lafayette Avenue. He died at the scene.
The case enflamed the city cycling community, in part because of how quick Baltimore police were to blame Yates in the media.
Police spokesman Donny Moses told The Sun that Yates was at fault because he was “riding in parking lanes and trying to pass the truck on the right.” Moses acknowledged that the truck’s driver did not stop, but said he was not charged for hit-and-run because police did not believe he was aware of having run over Yates.
Yates’ family contended, in their $5 million civil suit filed in March, that the cyclist had been staying to the right and following the law. Their attorney told the Sun that a video captured by a nearby security camera showed one of the company’s trucks turning right onto Lafayette Avenue and failing to signal, just before the collision.
Yates, a retired youth counselor, was a Greater Homewood Community Corporation board member and the GHCC paid tribute to him with this post on their website.