Family of Killed Bicyclist Files Lawsuit

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    Bobby Cann's family is suing Ryne San Hamel and the company he owns,, for negligence and wrongful death. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Thursday, March 27, 2014)

    The family of a Groupon employee who was killed while riding his bike in Old Town has filed a lawsuit against the man accused of crashing into him, and the company he owns.

    Bobby Cann was riding home from work in Old Town when he was struck by a vehicle near Larabee and Clybourn. Police say Ryne San Hamel was driving drunk when he hit Cann. He faces charges of DUI and reckless homicide.

    Cann's family is suing San Hamel and the company he owns,, for negligence and wrongful death.

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    "It's an interesting clash of cultures here between Bobby Cann who did what he did, riding a bicycle, in good health, working hard, and the culture," the family's attorney, Todd Smith, said.

    Cann's girlfriend, Catherine Bullard, says she thinks the lawsuit is the right thing to do in order to get more answers, and to show that actions do have consequences.

    "We do need stronger legislation with drunk driving, and we do need to pay attention to how we share the roads, and what we're doing to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists and drivers are safe," Bullard said.

    San Hamel could face five years in prison if convicted.