Bulletin Staff Report

Deschutes County is being sued for negligence by a man who was injured in a motorcycle accident near Sisters two years ago.

In May of 2017, Michael Hooey attempted to pass a group of cyclists stopped in the road while driving southwest on Indian Ford Road toward the intersection at Green Ridge Road.

Some of the cyclists pulled out into the passing lane without warning, according to the lawsuit, causing Hooey to veer to the shoulder of the road along the corner and crash into a metal pole.

The lawsuit alleges that because the county did not have yellow turn signs, also known as chevrons, Hooey was unable to see the metal poles on the shoulder of the road until it was too late.

Hooey is suing the county for $2.3 million for medical expenses, the value of his motorcycle and ongoing physical and emotional pain related to his injuries.

“The county believes it has no liability and it intends to vigorously defend against the client,” said John Laherty, assistant legal counsel for the county.

Hooey is also suing the cyclists, known as Jane and John Does, for riding their bicycles recklessly.

Emmanuel Miller, who represents Hooey, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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