Bettendorf agrees to pay $2.3 million to victims struck by car on I-74 bridge bike/pedestrian lane

The city of Bettendorf has agreed to pay a total of $2.3 million to the victims struck by a car while they were walking on the pedestrian trail adjacent to the I-74 Bridge two years ago.

Two of the victims were killed and the third seriously injured when a drunk driver mistook the bike/pedestrian trail for a vehicular lane and drove into the trio as they were crossing the bridge May 22, 2022.

In addition to the amounts to be paid by the city and its insurance carrier, the settlement agreement approved by the city council June 18 states the city of Moline will pay a total of $100,000 to two of the victims. Under terms of the settlement, the city is not admitting liability.

Most of the city's share of the settlement is covered by its insurance provider, the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool. The insurance deductible is $10,000.

Subsequent to signing of the settlement, the lawsuits against the two cities and the state of Iowa would be dismissed.

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