Cyclist sues over injuries in 1989 race Insurer, state are liable, Pikesville man charges.

March 11, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

A Pikesville man injured in a bicycle race at the Maryland Senior Olympics in Towson has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the state Office on Aging and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, two sponsors of the event.

According to the suit, filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court this week, Daniel Eisenstadt was a participant in the 5,000-meter bicycle race at the Maryland Senior Olympics on Oct. 14, 1989. The event was held on the athletic track at Towson State University.

The suit contends that Mr. Eisenstadt, then 61, was severely injured when he crashed into the back of two other cyclists who had collided in front of him. It alleges negligence, contending that the two sponsors had failed to select "a safe and suitable site" for the race and "permitted too many cyclists" to race at one time.

The defendants "negligently set up the racing format so as to encourage pack racing," the suit contends. It states that Mr. Eisenstadt suffered "serious, painful and permanent personal injuries, including permanent paralyzing injuries."

Neither Mr. Eisenstadt nor his attorneys were available to explain the full extent of his injuries.

News accounts of the accident from 1989 stated that Mr. Eisenstadt apparently had suffered a heart attack as a result of the collision. He was taken to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Greg Tavin, a spokesman for the Maryland Office on Aging, said the state had not yet been served with the suit. He had no comment.

Tina Saarlas, a spokeswoman for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, said yesterday that her company also had not yet been served with the lawsuit.

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