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No damages awarded in Mason City bicycle fatality lawsuit

No damages awarded in Mason City bicycle fatality lawsuit

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MASON CITY - A Cerro Gordo County jury chose not to award damages to the widow of a Mason City bicyclist killed in a collision with a truck in July 2008.

Dawn M. Lind was seeking a monetary judgment of a "fair and reasonable amount" against Mark R. Hulsing Jr., driver of the truck, and Vernon D. Hulsing, the truck's owner.

According to the suit, Richard "Rick" Lind, 49, was riding his bicycle on Third Street Northwest in Mason City when Hulsing's 1997 Chevrolet half-ton truck turned left in front of Lind without warning.

A jury trial in the case began Aug. 23. The jury reached a verdict last week.

The jury determined that Hulsing Jr.'s negligence was a proximate cause in Richard Lind's death, but only assigned him 20 percent of the fault, according to the verdict order. The jury attributed the rest of the fault to Richard Lind, so no damages were awarded to Dawn Lind, the order stated.

Dawn Lind was ordered to pay $768 in court costs.

- By Mary Pieper



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