Man sues city after bicycle crash
A man who says he took a tumble while riding a bike over Interstate 84 on the Northeast 238th Drive overpass has filed a $85,000 lawsuit against local and statewide government agencies.
Jesse Calhoun says he suffered a traumatic brain injury after his bicycle struck a metal bolt sticking 3 to 4 inches out of a concrete sidewalk covered in dirt, gravel and other debris on Oct. 10, 2015. The lawsuit was filed approximately two years later.
"It's foreseeable that somebody might get hurt on it, and that's in fact what happened here," argued personal injury attorney Neal Peton, who is representing Calhoun. "The bolts were obviously placed into the concrete at some point when it was wet. I'm guessing there was a sign there at one point, and when the sign was removed, the bolts should have been cut off."
The lawsuit claims Calhoun's injuries involve post-concussion syndrome, memory and concentration problems, headaches, nausea, neck and back injuries, sleeping trouble and embarrassment.
Defendants listed in the lawsuit include the city of Wood Village, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Hamilton Construction, who state officials say is the relevant contractor.
The six-page complaint asks for $70,000 for non-economic damages and $15,000 for medical costs. Peton, who is based in Salem, says he doesn't know if Calhoun was wearing a helmet.