Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
The bottom line is: Of course this could happen in the US. It probably would have been combined as a counter suit in the wrongful death case.
Now I'm curious about the details of the case. What really happened and what damage could the cyclist have done that caused $30,000 damage to the Audi? While the whole thing sounds goofy to me that doesn't mean that cyclist might not have been negligent enough to have caused the accident.
I dunno if it could happen in the US; depends on a lot of legal stuff I don't know. There are big differences, though. In Europe it's common for a driver to run down a dog, kill the dog, and then sue the dog owner for damages. Does that happen in the US?