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Cyclist’s Estate Settles for $500,000 Over Truck Collision in Monmouth Estate of Shaheen v. Nani The estate of a cyclist killed by a truck in Tinton Falls will receive $500,000 under a Nov. 19 settlement resolved in mediation. Christine Shaheen, 33, of Locust, was killed instantly on Aug. 22, 2000, when her bicycle collided with a truck driven by Gerald Nani for the Bridge Disposal Company of Eatontown, according to evidence presented at the mediation by the estate’s lawyer, Raymond Gill of Woodbridge’s Gill & Chamas. The truck was in a line of vehicles waiting for a light at Swimming River Road and Normandy Road. When the light changed, the truck turned right onto Normandy Road, the entrance to the U.S. Navy Weapons Station at Earle, and collided with Shaheen as she tried to cycle past, says Kevin Parsons, a Gill & Chamas associate. Shaheen worked as a mortgage seller and was a tri-athlete who competed in world-class events, according to Parsons and defense lawyer Michael Salvo, a partner in Madison’s Ahmuty, Demers & McManus. At a trial, the central dispute would have been on liability. The plaintiff’s evidence suggested that the driver should have seen Shaheen but failed to make use of his right side rearview mirrors. Salvo says the cyclist was in the driver’s blind spot and actually crashed into the truck. The driver testified in a deposition that he signaled, but two witnesses did not recall seeing a signal and the police report was inconclusive on the issue. Retired Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Robert Feldman presided over the mediation. � By Henry Gottlieb

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