This article is for those of you who say that drivers who kill or injure cyclists are never punished. It starts:
Portland attorney Ray Thomas has won some big verdicts in his career, most notably an $80 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris in 1999.
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Thomas filed suit earlier this week against Lindsey Lyle Llaneza, a 50-year-old alcoholic who is serving a 20-year prison sentence in connection with the deaths of Angela Leazenby, 26, and Orion Satushek, 27, and the injuring of Caroline Buchalter.
Llaneza, who pleaded guilty to various felony charges earlier this year, ran over Leazenby, Satushek and Buchalter while they were on a midnight summer bike ride in Southeast Portland. When police stopped Llaneza, his blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.