Woman partly to blame for her own death in I-95 accident, says motorcycle owner

After a woman fell off a motorcycle and died on Interstate 95, the man who owned the bike says she contributed to her own death by riding with a driver who’d been drinking and who she’d known for only a few hours, a court filing says.

Multiple cars ran over Jennifer Amy St. Clair, 33, of Fort Lauderdale, as she lay in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Pompano Beach at about 2 a.m. on Dec. 7.

“She could have decided to not get on the bike,” lawyer Michael Gelety said Friday. He represents John Lewis of Wilton Manors, who owned the 2001 Harley-Davidson Road King that St. Clair was on before she died.

“Mr. Lewis wasn’t there and didn’t force her to go on the motorcycle,” Gelety said. “It seems pretty clear that at some point, she had every opportunity as a grown-up person to say, ‘I’m not gonna go.’”

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