A New York woman vacationing in Beverly Hills was impaled while dismounting her stationary bicycle at SoulCycle, then left dangling by her right leg as the workout music drowned out her screams for help, according to a new lawsuit.
Donna Wood was in California for a short getaway with her husband in January 2016 when she went to the Wilshire Boulevard SoulCycle for an 8:30 a.m. class.
After the workout, Wood, 42, tried to get off the bike, but she caught her right leg on a sharp support beam, her Manhattan Supreme Court suit says.
“She was left dangling by her right leg, which she could not dislodge,” the suit says. “Though she screamed for assistance, because the class was in cool down mode and music was still playing loudly and the room still dark, she was not heard or seen for several minutes,” according to court papers.
She was finally rescued from the truly tortuous workout by a classmate.
But no one bothered to call an ambulance, so Wood had to take an Uber to the local hospital, the suit says.
She finally arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s emergency room, where she received more than 50 surgical staples to close the wound.
Wood’s trip home to Westchester County was delayed as she was laid up in her room at the Hotel Palomar in Westwood while she recovered.
Even with pain medication, the flight back was excruciating and Wood developed an infection, the suit says. After several rounds of treatment, she finally recovered in April, but “the laceration left a deep and permanent scar,” according to court papers.
Wood is suing for unspecified damages, claiming the SoulCycle instructors should have warned her about the bicycle’s dangers.
Reps for SoulCycle did not immediately return calls for comment.