The former owner of a Carbondale cycling shop is suing a Meredith resident who allegedly clipped the plaintiff with his vehicle’s mirror and then punched him last spring on Frying Pan Road.
The lawsuit by Old Snowmass resident David Hollenback against Barton Dwight, filed Wednesday in Pitkin County District Court, contains claims of negligence, assault and battery.
Hollenback alleges that on May 16, 2018, he was riding uphill near mile-marker 16 when Dwight drove up to him honking and then “negligently caused his motor vehicle to strike the plaintiff,” wrote Hollenback’s attorney, Chad Barsness of Glenwood Springs.
The passenger-side mirror allegedly injured Hollenback’s leg. Dwight “continued driving up the hill and pulled to the right side of the road approximately a quarter of a mile up the hill,” the lawsuit says. “The defendant exited his vehicle and walked down the hill toward the plaintiff while yelling obscenities …”
Dwight allegedly got in Hollenback’s face, poked him in the chest multiple times, and threw two punches, the second of which connected. Barsness wrote that Dwight’s actions physically injured his client and damaged his sunglasses.
It’s unclear what provoked Dwight’s alleged ire. Messages left with both parties and Barsness were not immediately returned Wednesday evening.
Hollenback, former owner of Ajax Bike and Sport, needed medical treatment for what the lawsuit alleges was “extreme and outrageous conduct.”
The filing, which also says Hollenback suffered “severe emotional distress,” seeks exemplary damages, compensatory non-economic damages, and a jury trial.