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Wendy Mann

The family of Nathan Oglesby, 17, will receive $80,000 from driver Wendy Mann's insurance company. The 17-year-old's mother, father and two older brothers will share the monetary award, minus about $43,000 in legal fees.

The Cary-Grove High School senior died Aug. 7, 2000, when Mann's car struck him while he was riding his bicycle home from work along Route 14 in Cary. Police said it appeared Oglesby was riding in the center median when the collision occurred. Mann, 33, did not receive any tickets after the crash, and tests taken immediately afterward showed she was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Family and friends said Oglesby was riding his bicycle along the median because there was no safe path for pedestrians or bicyclists along that stretch of Route 14. In the weeks after his death they mounted an effort to persuade state, Algonquin Township, Cary and Fox River Grove officials to build a sidewalk along the road and prevent similar tragedies.

The attempt paid off this spring when the government bodies signed an agreement to share the estimated $932,000 cost of building a path along the north side of Route 14 spanning from Route 22 in Fox River Grove to Main Street in Cary. Construction on the new path began over the summer, and officials expect it to be done by spring. (Nov-23-04)

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