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Family sues ex-lawmaker in death of motorcyclist

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The family of a motorcyclist killed in a collision with a car driven by Bill Janklow has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the former South Dakota congressman. Janklow, who resigned from Congress on Tuesday, was served with papers at the Minneapolis airport on his way from Washington to Sioux Falls, said Ronald Meshbesher, a lawyer for the family of Randy Scott.

Janklow was convicted last month of speeding, running a stop sign, reckless driving, and second-degree manslaughter in the Aug. 16 death of Scott at a rural intersection near Trent.

The lawsuit contends Janklow drove "carelessly, negligently, and recklessly with conscious and unjustifiable disregard of a substantial risk" when he ran a stop sign and drove into the path of a motorcycle driven by Scott, 55, of Hardwick, Minn.

Scott's family seeks more than $50,000 in damages, although the lawsuit doesn't name a specific amount. The suit was filed Friday in Minneapolis on behalf of Scott's mother, two children, and a sister.

Janklow's lawyer, Ed Evans of Sioux Falls, did not immediately return a call seeking comment yesterday.

Janklow, a four-term Republican governor of South Dakota, was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2002.

He is scheduled to be sentenced today.

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