Charlotte Family Sues MS Society After Teen's Death In Bike Ride

The family of a 15-year-old Charlotte girl killed in a charity bike ride is suing the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The lawsuit alleges that the MS Society promised traffic control and police protection it didn't deliver, and routed the 2006 Breakaway to the Beach from Charlotte to North Myrtle Beach, S.C., along a stretch of narrow and busy highway unsafe for bicyclists.

The lawsuit does not say how much money the family is seeking.

Rachel Giblin was killed on Sept. 16, 2006, after a pickup truck hauling a trailer hit the tandem bike she and her older brother were riding along U.S. 15/401 near Society Hill, S.C. It was Rachel's third MS ride, which raises money for research, local programs and helps increase awareness of the disease.

The MS Society wouldn't comment on the lawsuit, but released a statement saying it does everything it can to ensure rides are as safe as possible.


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