City of Alton sued over sidewalk injury

Ann Knef Nov. 19, 2008, 8:39am

The city of Alton is being sued over injuries suffered by a nine-year-old boy who tripped on a parkway between a sidewalk and street near 1206 Garden St.

According to a complaint filed Nov. 13 in Madison County Circuit Court, DeKarlos Haynes, Jr. stepped into a hole on Nov. 16, 2007, and suffered permanent, disabling and disfiguring injuries.

His mother, Donna Shannon, claims the city is negligent for failing to fill or cover the hole, failing to barricade the area near the hole and failing to warn pedestrians.

She claims she incurred medical expenses as a result.

The suit seeks in excess of $100,000 in damages.

Shannon and Haynes are represented by Robert D. Larson of Alton.

Madison County case number 08-L-1078

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