Family Of Motorcyclist Killed By CTA Bus Gets $4M

CHICAGO (STMW) – The family of a 45-year-old motorcyclist killed by a CTA bus in 2008 was awarded $4 million in a settlement announced Wednesday.

The CTA Board approved the settlement during an executive session at Wednesday’s board meeting.

The crash happened June 2, 2008 at 79th Street and Western Avenue and killed 45-year-old Darren Day. Day left behind a wife, three minor children and two adult children from a previous marriage.

Brian Smith was operating a CTA bus and turned left into Day’s motorcycle as he was riding north on Western Avenue.

He survived for 25 days but died from his injuries.

Tawanna Day initially asked for $9.5 million when filing the wrongful death lawsuit. The CTA instead settled for $4 million.

It’s unclear whether the bus driver named in the suit, Brian Smith, was still employed with the agency.

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