Arnold Schwarzenegger sues cyclist who hit him with an SUV, causing ‘serious and permanent injuries’
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been sued by the cyclist who hit him with his SUV earlier this year, who claims the Terminator star’s “negligent” driving left her with “severe and permanent” injuries and hefty medical bills.
The 76-year-old former California governor, Joan Flickinger, who was driving a GMC Yukon at the time, was struck on February 5 of this year on San Vicente Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in West Los Angeles. The cyclist had turned left onto Schwarzenegger Road before he could brake.
However, the lawsuit, reported by the Los Angeles Times, alleges that the actor was driving “at an excessive speed and failed to maintain proper oversight” when he struck and seriously injured Flickinger.
The cyclist is seeking damages in excess of $25,000 (the exact amount sought is not yet clear) for “pain and suffering, past and future, and emotional distress; past and future loss of earnings; past and future loss of earning capacity; past and future medical expenses; care expenses.” Past and future health care; past and future incidental expenses; and past and future household services.
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At the time of the accident in February, TMZ reported that local police and three eyewitnesses said that Flickinger suddenly swerved into Schwarzenegger’s lane before he could brake, and that the 76-year-old was not speeding when the collision occurred. , where an LAPD officer confirmed that “no crime had been committed.”
However, it was reported that the cyclist noticed immediately after the accident that she was in pain, although it was said at the time that she only suffered “minor” injuries.
It is also implied that Schwarzenegger took Flickinger’s bike to a local bike shop for repair after the accident.
Despite the February collision and subsequent lawsuit this week, the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician has long been known for his love of all things two-wheeled.
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In 2018, he said he wanted to “ride all over the world”, and was seen riding with his “friend and hero” Greta Thunberg on a custom, gold-plated e-bike in Santa Monica, as well as cycling off-road. Side of the road – straight into oncoming traffic – while staying in Edinburgh.
In March 2015, he was stopped by an Australian police officer for riding a rented bike without a helmet in Melbourne, while a year later in Munich police were forced to intervene after the action star was spotted riding a bike across the city’s busy railways. station.
Schwarzenegger also joined then world road race champion Peter Sagan in 2017 in urging people to replace their cars with bikes on their daily commutes, as well as publishing research conducted by C40 Cities which highlighted the benefits of active commuting.
And in April this year, he won the plaudits of long-suffering cyclists everywhere by personally filling a huge pothole near his home, which Schwarzenegger claimed had been “messing up cars and bikes for weeks.”