H-PISMO BEACH

Oct 24, 2013 9:03 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Settlement reached in lawsuit stemming from death of Tricia Rittger

The family of a KSBY employee who was struck and killed while crossing the street in front of The Cliffs Resort has settled a lawsuit against the City of Pismo Beach.

Tricia Rittger was the national sales manager at KSBY. On a November evening in 2011, she was hit by an SUV while crossing Shell Beach Road from the hotel's eastern parking lot.

A civil complaint against Pismo Beach and The Cliffs alleged the location is dangerous because there is no crosswalk or proper lighting.

The City of Pismo Beach agreed to pay the Rittger family $1.5 million, though it denied liability. In a press release, Pismo Beach City Manager James Lewis said, "The City continues to maintain that factors other than the City's ownership of the road were the cause of the accident. Nonetheless, the City recognizes that litigation produces uncertain results and significant financial costs. For that reason, the City elected to make a settlement offer."

The family's attorney, Ryan Harris, says a settlement with the SUV driver was also reached for a small amount; however, a lawsuit against The Cliffs Resort continues.

Harris says an investigation found The Cliffs is violating a permit dating back to 1983 which restricts parking in the eastern parking lot to employees and valet only.

Harris says the Rittger family agreed to settle with Pismo Beach because the City took action to begin enforcing the permit.

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