Lawyers in Chambrot lawsuit meet to set trial date

Monday, February 25, 2008 | 9:18 p.m. CST; updated 9:50 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — The attorney representing an MU student who lost her leg in an August 2005 bicycle accident met with three defense lawyers Monday morning in Boone County Circuit Court to set a date for the trial of her personal injury lawsuit.

Krysten Chambrot, a former Columbia Missourian staff member from Miramar, Fla., was hit by a car and then caught under a city utility truck while riding her bicycle on College Avenue.

She was seriously injured in the accident and lost her left leg. She is suing the two drivers who hit her, the city of Columbia and the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, a division of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

“Because there are a number of lawyers, securing a week for the trial is a bit more difficult,” said Donald Schlapprizzi, the St. Louis-based lawyer representing Chambrot. He would not talk about the possibility of a settlement.

“Within the next week or so, we’ll know what the date will be,” Schlapprizzi said.

Schlapprizzi will face lawyers representing the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission; Michael Arens, the driver of the Columbia Water and Light Truck; Judy Pope, the 55-year-old driver of the car that initially hit Chambrot; and the city of Columbia.

Chambrot is suing Arens and Pope for damages for not driving carefully and the transportation commission for improper control and maintenance of the traffic light at the intersection of College and Rollins avenues, where the accident occurred.

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jesse wells March 9, 2008 | 12:58 p.m.

what happen to the young girl is a terrible ACIDENT and stuff like that i pray it would never happen to anyone. i wonder why the young girl is suing the two drivers when she knew it was rush hour traffic and she should have paid attention to the other vehicles.. i know i would not ride my bike onto I-70 during rush hour and think the other cars will see me.

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Thomas Trotter March 15, 2008 | 9:51 p.m.

Way to go jesse! This was no accident! It could have been prevented if only Krysten had been doing what she should of been doing on a bicycle, being more aware of what is going on around her and yielding to a red light and paying attention to the traffic. No one was responsible other than her. She has caused and is responsible for her own injuries and it just shows what is wrong with our country when we teach our own children no responsibilities for their own actions. Why is a young girl like this, whose parents can afford to send their child all the way from Florida to Missouri not able to afford some type of Health Insurance Coverage? No, lets blame the light which has never had a complaint or problem for being red. Lets blame Judy, Arens and the city truck, all of whom has lots of insurance and money to cash in on even if we were in the wrong. I have a friend who was struck head on by a drunk driver who crossed over into his lane of traffic and suffered some of the same injuries including a few more Traumatic ones than you. His life was changed forever and has lost everything. His health, his job of 20 years that he loved and only got $20,000 something for all that he has suffered and will suffer for the rest of what life he has left. He has to pay his own doctor bills on his now, limited income for something that WAS NO FAULT OF HIS OWN. Just because someone chose and was allowed to drive drunk repeatedly. WE THE PEOPLE allow people to get back out on our roads with limited insurance coverage and in no way is it the Alcohol Industry's fault. Look what finally happened to the Tobacco Industry's a few years back. It is not alright with us to let someone smoke and kill them selves slowly but it is just fine to get drunk and take out the family coming at you in the opposite lane? Krysten what about the lives of Judy and Arens whose lives have also been changed forever because of what you did and the guilt and cost to them? I have followed this story and heard you and your parents complain about the Medicaid cuts and, there are people less fortunate than you rather you know it or not? Who really have it bad off. I am sure that the good people of Columbia and the rest of WE THE PEOPLE who are going to foot your bills are more than happy to pay them for you. At least you will have enough money after you take everyone to the bank to get off of Medicaid or will you find another way to make us keep on paying? We are very sorry for what happened to you Krysten. Just remember as they say when you point your finger at everyone there are three or four of them pointing in your own direction. I and I am sure that everyone wishes you well and most everyone has at some time in their lives or someone in their lives felt the pain, anger and the fright of spending the rest of your life not the same as yesterday. May God Bless You!

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