The widow of a Lincoln cyclist killed after being struck by a suspected drunken driver this fall has sued the man accused of hitting him with his car.

Christine Gibson, widow of Randall "Randy" Gibson, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Zygmunt Spicha, 66, in Lancaster County District Court on Tuesday.

In the suit, her attorney, Adam Prochaska, accused Spicha of negligence, alleging he was driving under the influence and at an excessive speed and had failed to keep a proper look-out or to yield, slow down or swerve to avoid hitting Gibson.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office believes Spicha's Jeep Cherokee hit Gibson's bike Sept. 23 while both were headed east on West Sprague Road near Southwest 58th Street.

Gibson, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.

Spicha, who remained at the scene after the crash, appeared drunk and told deputies Gibson's bike "came out of nowhere," investigators wrote in an affidavit to arrest him.

Prosecutors later charged him with motor-vehicle homicide while driving under the influence. If convicted, Spicha would face up to 20 years in prison.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks funeral expenses, as well as general damages for the pain and suffering Gibson felt before he died.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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