Family of Ludwika Szynalik, woman killed by CTA bus, settles for $5.5M

Ludwika Szynalik was seen on surveillance tape putting her bus on the rack and boarding.

November 19, 2012 8:50:32 PM PST
The family of a woman who was struck and killed by a CTA bus has agreed to a $5.5 million settlement just as the case was about to go to trial.

Fifty-nine-year-old Ludwika Szynalik was taking her bike off a rack on the front of a bus on December 31, 2007, when she was killed.

Szynalik was seen on surveillance tape putting her bike on the rack and boarding. After she sits for a few minutes, surveillance tape also captured her walking in front of the bus and being struck and dragged 80 feet before the driver realized what happened.

"When you see that videotape, it's very obvious that the CTA driver made a horrible mistake," said attorney Tim Cavanagh.

"The money's not so important. It's not important for us because the guys have lost their mom," said Ella Lupa, Szynalik's daughter-in-law.

The family says the admission of responsibility by the CTA was more important than the money.

The driver who hit Szynalik no longer works for the CTA.