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Woman sues Ohio Bike Week participants

Anonymous • Jun 21, 2013 at 3:10 PM

A Barberton woman filed a lawsuit over injuries she says she suffered when a wind-blown tent fell on her head during Bike Week 2011.

Ann Smith, of Cleveland-Massillon Road, is suing Double S Industries, Advantage Entertainment LLC and Sandusky Bike Week Enterprises. 

The lawsuit contends Smith was walking past the vendor area when the tent structure was thrown into her after being picked up by the Lake Erie wind. Double S Industries is now known as Ability Works, which provides employment opportunities for disabled people.    

Advantage Entertainment and Sandusky Bike Week Enterprises, organizers of the annual festival, are also named as defendants in the lawsuit, as they allegedly failed to properly secure the structure.

“The injuries sustained ... are permanent in nature and have caused (Smith) pain and suffering and will continue to cause (Smith) to incur pain, suffering and medical expenses and lost wages in the future,” the lawsuit states. 

Steve Ernst, Bike Week’s organizer, said he received notification of the lawsuit a few days ago.

“We are just looking into it with attorneys,” Ernst said. “It is something that Ability Works will have to respond to. Being a vendor at Ohio Bike week, they have to provide proof of insurance, and I’m sure they did that to set up. It is something that should be handled through insurance hopefully.”

Allison Young, Ability Works CEO, said her agency has received the lawsuit documents.

“It is in the hands of our insurance company,” Young said. “They are handling it. Other than that, I know they have attempted to settle it and they need to still reach an agreement.”

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