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Two years ago, Kim Flint, a 41-year-old Strava user died while racing down a hill near Berkeley, CA in pursuit of a 'King of the Mountain' title. Now his family is suing Strava over the death of their son, claiming that "the company's website encouraged him to speed."

For those unfamiliar with Strava, it's essentially a way to track rides using GPS and then compare times to other users. The user with the fastest time on a particular segment of a ride is crowned King of the Mountain (KOM) for that segment.

The family's lawyer told ABC, "They assume no responsibility. They don't put cones out. They don't have anybody monitor and see whether a course, or a specific segment, is dangerous." However, within the agreed upon terms of use, language exists to exclude the site from blame for bodily injury or death while using their service.

Mark Riedy, a Strava representative, issued a statement saying, "The death of Kim Flint was a tragic accident, and we expressed our sincere condolences when it occurred in 2010. Based on the facts involved in the accident and the law, there is no merit to this lawsuit."

You can read the full suit as filed in court here.

So, is Strava to blame? Let's hear your thoughts.

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