Case of bicyclist hit by street sweeper near settlement 

UPDATE: This article has been amended to reflect the amount of the $3.75 million settlement.

The trial for a bicyclist who sued the city and county of San Francisco after being struck and dragged by a street sweeper was taken off the court calendar in recent weeks as the case is reportedly nearing a settlement.

Jay Korber was riding his bicycle around 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Brannan and Fifth streets on Dec. 13, 2012 when a street sweeper ran him over and pulled him along for a distance, leaving him with a broken pelvis, broken bones and bleeding.

There is "a likely looking pending settlement" in the works, said Korber's attorney Boone Callaway, who was unable to comment on details of the talks due to the status of the case. The settlement is for $3.75 million, according to Gabriel Zitrin, spokesman for the City Attorney's Office.

The lawsuit filed in April 2013 stated that the injuries "have caused and continue to cause plaintiff great physical and mental pain and suffering."

The settlement could take a few months, Callaway said, adding of Korber: "He's made a really good recovery in some ways but there are other things going on."

Officials with the City Attorney also could not comment on the pending settlement.

Korber's incident came the year before four fatal bike crashes in San Francisco in 2013, in which people biking in South of Market were hit by professional drivers operating a large truck, said San Francisco Bicycle Coalition spokeswoman Kristin Smith.

"This deadly pattern is why the SF Bicycle Coalition is urging The City to invest in making SoMa streets safer for everyone and requiring that large vehicle operators have to take courses in how to safely share the streets with people biking," she said.

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