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Las Vegas truck company sued for death of bicyclist 2 years ago

Posted at 7:41 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 23:13:18-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A lawsuit has been filed against the trucking company involved in the death of a bicyclist in 2019.

The lawsuit was filed on Jan. 5 on the behalf of 48-year-old Stephanie Ann Sierad, who was killed while riding her bicycle on Joe W. Brown Drive near Desert Inn Road.

According to the lawsuit, the truck owned by Discount Dumpsters/Western Elite was driven by Michael Velasquez, who is also listed as a defendant.

Velasquez was attempting to make a turn when the truck hit Sierad. The woman was knocked off her bicycle and ran over by the truck.

The lawsuit claims that the driver was negligent and careless and was not following the rules of the road.

The lawsuit also claims that the trucking company knew that Velasquez had an “extensive history” of reckless driving and continued to authorize him to drive its trucks with a “conscious disregard of the rights and safety of others traveling on the roadway.”

The lawsuit is demanding general damages in excess of $15,000; special damages in excess of $15,000; punitive and/or exemplary damages in the amount of $15,000; damages for loss of earnings and future earning capacity; and reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of the lawsuit.

The recent deaths of 5 bicyclists in Boulder City has raised concern once again about the safety of bicyclists in Southern Nevada.

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Nevada law enforcement has increased enforcement of Nevada’s 3-foot-rule, which says drivers must move over to give cyclists adequate room on the road.

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