Washington State is being sued by a man who was paralyzed in a bicycle crash on the Montlake Bridge. The man hopes to force the Transportation Department and the State Patrol to turn over records about similar accidents for a lawsuit in which he is seeking money for his injuries.
According to a report from the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the agencies refuse to give up the records if the information would be used to sue for damages. Information from an assistant attorney general, Rene Tomisser, is that releasing information for a civil suit jeopardizes federal highway safety funds.
The suit is being filed in Thurston County. The man’s attorneys are arguing that the records are public. The lawyers are hoping to prove a defect in the bridge deck caused the bicycle crash, which occurred in 2007.
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