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Family drops OV, Marana from El Tour rider lawsuit

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Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 11:00 pm

The family of a man injured in the 2008 El Tour de Tucson bicycle race has dropped its claim against Oro Valley, Marana and South Tucson.

Surprise resident Gary Stuebe was a contestant in the race on Nov. 22, 2008, when 91-year-old motorist William Arthur Wilson struck him and five other racers at the intersection of Ina Road and Westward Look Drive.

Wilson, who fled the scene of the accident, was sentenced to three years probation last year and was forced to surrender his driver's license.

In a claim letter sent last year to the Town of Oro Valley and the other jurisdictions, Stuebe's family attorney said they would settle out of court for $32 million.

Stuebe was badly injured in the crash and spent more than 100 days in the hospital as a result. He has had numerous surgeries as well, accruing medical expenses in excess of $1.2 million, according to court documents.

Oro Valley and the participating municipalities were singled out for negligence and recklessness in the design and preparation of a traffic control plan used for the race.

Stuebe's family still intends to pursue the case against Pima County and the state of Arizona.

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