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Former P&Z Chair Seeks $15M in NY Bike Accident

UPDATE Ron Corwin, former chair of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, has filed suit against New York City for a bike accident that he says left him unable to taste and smell.

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Ron Corwin: lost sense of taste and smell. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The suit against the city and Citi Bike’s private operator seeks $15 million, according to New York press reports. Corwin told WestportNow he could not comment on the advice of his attorney.

“This has turned my life inside out,” Corwin, 73, told the New York Daily News. “I do nothing now but go from one (medical) specialist to another trying to find some relief.”

Corwin, who served on the P&Z from 2005 to last November, including five years as chair, said he rented a Citi Bike last Oct. 25 at E. 56th St. and Madison Avenue. As he was leaving the docking station, his front wheel struck a low barrier near the station.

He flipped over the bike and was hospitalized. He was not wearing a helmet at the time.

Corwin now suffers from traumatic nerve palsy, which has left him unable to taste and smell and his doctors believe it is permanent, his lawyer, Guy Smiley, told the Daily News.

He said since the accident, the city has painted the gray barrier orange and placed a construction cone alongside it.

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