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Fairfield agrees to pay over $2M to woman injured in bicycle crash

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The town of Fairfield has agreed to pay $2.1 million to the family of a woman who suffered a brain injury when her bicycle tire got caught in a road grate.

Jonathan Perkins, a lawyer for the family of Rubia Rodriguez, 34, tells the Connecticut Post the money will allow them to properly care for her.

Rodriguez was cycling in Fairfield back in September of 2015 when her front tire became trapped in a catch basin grate.

Rodriguez flew over the handlebars and landed on her head. She was not wearing a helmet.

Perkins says she was in the hospital for six months and still cannot speak or walk. Perkins says she will be bed-ridden for the rest of her life.

Town lawyers argued there were no witnesses or evidence Rodriguez's bicycle wheel hit the grate.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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