The price of attacking a bicycle rider

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There are no real winners in this story reported in the Seattle newspapers over the weekend.

A church pastor in Bellevue, a Seattle suburb, has received more than a half-million dollars in an out-of-court settlement relating to an assault while he rode his bicycle, the Seattle Times and the King County Journal report.

The pastor and his daughter were riding their bicycles to train for the annual Seattle-to-Portland ride about three years ago. A teen-aged motorist swerved her car at the pastor and her passenger leaned out the window and shoved him over. The Rev. David Tinney suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung, among other injuries, many of which linger to this day.

The two teens did time in juvenile detention. Now they and their parents are facing the prospect of paying the lawsuit settlement, although one family has declared bankruptcy. The money will go to pay ongoing medical bills for Rev. Tinney.

Since the assault, the pastor has found a recumbent bicycle that he can ride and used it to complete the STP with his daughter in 2004.


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