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Watertown man sues FedEx over bike/truck collision

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A Watertown man seriously injured in June when his bicycle collided with a Federal Express Corp. truck has filed a negligence lawsuit against the shipping company.

Paul A. Kraeger filed state Supreme Court action Monday at the Jefferson County clerk’s office against FedEx, Mount Laurel, N.J., and one of its employees, Amber Stevens, Gouverneur.

According to the suit, Mr. Kraeger was riding his bike in a designated bicycle lane at 2:20 p.m. June 28 on Route 3 near South Main Street in Black River when he collided with a parked truck operated by Ms. Stevens. The suit claims that Mr. Kraeger suffered serious and permanent injuries, the nature of which are not specified in the suit. State police said shortly after the accident that Mr. Kraeger, who was wearing headphones, suffered a spinal injury.

Mr. Kraeger, who remains off work from his job as chief financial officer at Samaritan Medical Center while undergoing rehabilitation, claims in his action that FedEx was negligent by, among other things, having a truck stopped in a designated bicycle lane and failing to operate a horn, lights or signaling devices. The suit does not specify an amount sought in damages. He is represented in the action by attorney Jason D. Friedman, New York City.

Mr. Kraeger’s wife, Eileen, also is named as a plaintiff in the suit for the alleged effect her husband’s injuries have had on her.

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