Local trails expert Chris Sabo has sued a Lake Oswego man for lost income and medical expenses, seeking $1.3 million in damages.
Sabo was biking to work Aug. 2 when Nicholas Kessler, driving a 2009 Dodge Ram 3500, hit him at the intersection of Reed Market Road and Ninth Street. According to the lawsuit, filed June 23, Sabo was westbound on Reed Market in the bike lane when Kessler, eastbound on Reed Market, failed to yield to Sabo while making a left turn.
Sabo sustained significant injuries, including a concussion, several broken bones, internal injuries to his spleen and bowel and several ligament tears.
Sabo is the longtime trails specialist with the Deschutes National Forest. He has been a source for The Bulletin for more than 20 years, providing information on trail conditions and avalanche dangers.
The lawsuit says Sabo has run up $396,736 in medical bills and is looking at $100,000 in future medical expenses. It claims he has lost out on $18,584 in wages. Sabo also seeks $800,000 for pain and suffering resulting from the accident.
When reached by email, Sabo declined to comment for this story. His attorney, Cynthia Newton, also declined to comment.
Attempts to reach Kessler, who lived in Lake Oswego at the time of the accident, were unsuccessful. According to online court records, Kessler has not been served with the lawsuit yet and has not retained an attorney.
The lawsuit states Sabo continues to recover from the accident and reserves the right to adjust the damages to match current medical bills.
The lawsuit states that Kessler was negligent in failing to keep a proper lookout, making an unsafe turn, failing to yield to Sabo and failing to maintain reasonable control of his vehicle. It also states he failed to yield to a rider in a bicycle lane.
No court date had been scheduled as of Monday.
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