A University of Ottawa philosophy professor has filed a $1-million lawsuit against the Japanese Embassy after she alleges she was “doored” by the driver of one of their cars while cycling two years ago. Catherine Collobert alleges she was sent to hospital and suffered permanent injuries as a result of the collision with the open car door at about 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 24, 2013. In a statement of claim, Collobert said she was riding westbound on Gladstone Avenue when she was hurt. “Suddenly and without warning, the defendant swung open the driver’s door of the defendant’s vehicle, immediately in front of Catherine,” alleged the statement of claim. “With no time to evade, Catherine violently slammed into the defendant’s car door, flipped over the top of it, and crashed into the pavement.” Collobert alleges she was in considerable pain and unable to get up. Police and paramedics attended the collision, and she was sent to the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus with injuries that included multiple broken bones in her left foot, a separated shoulder, injuries to her right hand and cuts and contusions. The lawsuit names the embassy, the driver of the car, Kiyohiro Saito and the nation of Japan as defendants. None of the allegations have been proven in court. A statement of defence has not yet been filed.
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