Wheelchair operator alleges motorist ran into him

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 2, 2018

CLEARWATER — A disabled Pinellas County man is suing a motorist, alleging she negligently ran into him.

CLEARWATER — A disabled Pinellas County man is suing a motorist, alleging she negligently ran into him.

James Arbogast, who requires use of a wheelchair, filed a complaint Jan. 9 in Pinellas Circuit Court against Cynthia Gamrot, Peter P. Conelias Sr., Peter P. Conelias Jr., Mary Conelias and Thomas N. Conelias, alleging failure to exercise standard care and skill in the operation of a vehicle.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 21, 2016, while backing her 2016 Hyundai out of a driveway on Polo Club Drive in Tarpon Springs on property owned by the Conelias family, Gamrot ran into Arbogast who was operating his wheelchair on the sidewalk. The suit says Arbogast sustained bodily injuries, pain and suffering, inconvenience, disfigurement, lost earnings, incurred medical expenses and aggravation of a physical defect.  

The plaintiff alleges Gamrot failed to obtain sufficient bodily injury coverage under her automobile policy, and failed to adequately maintain and operate a motor vehicle so as not to cause harm.

Arbogast seeks trial by jury, damages of at least $15,000, plus court costs and all other relief the court deems just. He is represented by attorney Sarah Berkley Raaymakers of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett PA in New Port Richey.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 18-CA-164

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