Juliet Wilson Davies, then 59, took her 20-year-old Peugeot racer out of the shed, filled the tires and put on her helmet and started rolling near her TMR home.
The special-needs teacher rode up Ste. Croix to Cycles St. Laurent where an attendant did a quick inspection and a few adjustements.
Wilson Davies rolled away happy with the state of her bike.
She returned along the same route in the opposite direction, going south on Ste. Croix, heading downhill under a viadict near the Cegep St. Laurent.
|Dangerous drainholes on Ste. Croix|
In the darkness she spotted three dark metallic objects on the road and saw that it was three drains sitting next to each other, taking up the entire bike lane.
She went over the centre drain but her wheel got caught in the drainhole and she went flying several metres.
The accident left her with serious injuries that left her unable to move below the waist.
The drains, installed in 2002, are still there. The holes are at 45 degee angle, are 60 centimetres long and wider than a typical bike tire. They are on both sides of the street.
After the accident, she sued the City of Montreal on Oct. 29, 2008 for $1,023,145.
Her cause was heard between 17-24 Jan, 2011 and on 9 Sept. 2011 was awarded $868,820 plus interest from the date the case was launched.
Her husband Dietrich Waschke was awarded $40,000 plus interest. Their daughter Melinda Yin Waschke, a university student they had adopted from China as a baby, received $10,000 for damages.
The city also had to pay their other fees, which were $25,000.
On Wednesday the appeals judge, if I'm reading it correctly, also raised the compensation to $921,000, which is $50,000 more than the original decision.