The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman whose husband was killed when the tire on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle suffered a catastrophic failure.
The trial between Judith McAllister-Lewis and Goodyear was scheduled to begin Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Sioux Falls.
McAllister-Lewis was a passenger on the motorcycle when the accident occurred on Aug. 7 2010. She and her husband, Robert Lewis, were on their way to the Sturgis Rally from their home town of Manawa, Wis., when the rear tire blew out on the Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic touring bike on Interstate 90 near Salem, S.D. Lewis suffered fatal injuries and McAllister-Lewis suffered serious and permanent injuries, including mental anguish, according to the lawsuit she filed in 2014.
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Lewis had purchased the bike in 2004. The tire was produced in 2007 in Goodyear Dunlop’s manufacturing facility in France. Lewis bought it in May of 2007 when it was installed on his bike.
The lawsuit accused Goodyear of knowingly selling a defective tire leading to the death of Lewis.
In a note to Judge Larry Piersol, who was presiding over the case, Richard R. Gordon, a lawyer representing McAllister-Lewis, announced that the parties in the case reached an “amicable resolution” to the case.
In an email, Gordon said the terms of the settlement were confidential.