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Man Files Suit After Dog Runs Into Bike's Path


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3/17/2009
Brent Adams
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A senior airline pilot with Delta Airlines has filed a personal injury suit against two men and a woman, claiming he suffered a broken clavicle and broken ribs after a dog ran in front of his bicycle.

According to the suit filed in Illinois’ St. Clair County Circuit Court on March 6 by Herbert A. Johnson Jr., he was riding his bike when a dog ran from the home of Norman Hanglseben and into the path of his bike.

The suit says that the dog’s owners are Jeffrey Hanglseben, Norman Hanglseben’s son, and his girlfriend, Lisa Nowlin.

According to the suit, Johnson tried to avoid the dog, but his bike collided with the animal. Johnson claims the impact caused him to be propelled over the bike’s handle bars and land on his head and shoulder. He claims he suffered extensive injuries to his shoulder and neck.

Johnson alleges that his injuries rendered him unable to work between October 5 and January 1 and he has lost wages and retirement plan contributions.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of the Hanglsebens and Nowlin for failure to make sure the dog was secured.

Johnson seeks damages in excess of $300,000 from the six-count suit.



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