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by Shane Stokes
August 24, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Lutsenko wins stage 5 of the Vuelta a España; Tour du Poitou-Charentes: Bouhanni wins stage 2; Hodeg wins stage 6 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Van Garderen: ‘We’re headed in a good direction’; Chaves jumps to third overall; Illness puts Degenkolb out of Vuelta España; Stannard extends until 2020 with Team Sky; Reijnen and Bernard extend with Trek-Segafredo; Family of cyclist killed in Kansas City race file wrongful death lawsuit; Video: Andorra Epic Ride; Video: Top 10 Epic Fails in Cycling; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 5 Vuelta a España
The family of 29-year-old Casey Saunders have filed a wrongful death petition after his passing in a crash in the Tour of Kansas City Criterium race last June. According to witnesses, the Kirkwood, St. Louis rider hit steel crowd-control barriers that were not properly secured. They said that the collision knocked the first barrier back and caused him to hit the exposed edge of the next barrier head first, thus killing him.
According to The Kansas City Star, the lawsuit alleges that the race organisers exhibited ‘reckless and wanton disregard of the safety of Plaintiff and the other race participants because the conduct created an unreasonably high degree of risk of substantial harm.’
Saunders’ family are suing race director Matt Maher, his company, Prologue Racing, the national organization USA Cycling that sanctioned the race and a Skokie, Ill. company – Lake Shore Athletic Services, Inc. – that the family contends provided the steel barriers.
Sanders’ mother Jill said that her motivation is to protect others. “As an elite racer, who loved and lived for the joy of cycling, Casey always considered the other riders’ safety as well as his own,” she told the newspaper in a email. “This never should have happened, plain and simple.
“We are devastated by this preventable tragedy and miss our son terribly every day, but we are committed to pursue this to get answers. It is what Casey would have wanted ensure the future safety for all cyclists so this never happens again.”
Click through to read more at The Kansas City Star.