Claim: Woman lost taste, smell from bike crash

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Article Date: 1/6/2010 | Resource: MLG

Claim: Woman lost taste, smell from bike crash

A Huntington Beach woman alleges the city caused her to lose her sense of taste and smell after a bicycle crashed into her as she walked across Pacific Coast Highway.

Janice Campbell, 46, filed a claim against Huntington Beach on Monday saying she was severely injured at 8:45 a.m. July 2 at PCH and Brookhurst Street. She claims there was insufficient “lag” time between the red light for traffic and the walking signal for pedestrians.

“Given the configuration and nature of the intersection and the extensive history of prior accidents at the intersection, city of Huntington Beach … should have known,” the claim said.

Campbell asks for more than $10,000 in the claim, which did not name the cyclist or detail the history of past crashes.

The city is reviewing the claim, said city spokeswoman Laurie Payne.
Campbell declined to comment.

Her injuries included loss of sense of taste and smell and head trauma with fractures near her nose and internal bleeding, the claim said. It did not detail how the crash caused the injuries.

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Jeffrey Marquart