Godfrey business owner sued over ice accumulation

Kelly Holleran Feb. 17, 2011, 3:00am


An Alton woman has filed suit against the owners of a building where she claims she injured her left ankle after falling on a patch of ice caused from a broken sewer line.

Lori A. Wallace claims she was visiting friends at 2718 Gerson Ave. in Godfrey on Feb. 7 when she fell on an unnatural accumulation of ice.

Because of her fall, Wallace was made sick, sore, lame and disordered and experienced pain and suffering, according to the complaint filed Feb. 7 in Madison County Circuit Court. In addition, she incurred medical costs, lost her earnings and her earning capacity, lost wages and suffered disability and disfigurement, the suit states.

Wallace names the owners of the property -- David McGaughey and Glori McGaughey -- as defendants, saying they negligently allowed an unnatural accumulation of ice to form on their driveway, failed to remove the ice and failed to warn others of the unnatural accumulation of ice.

She also names the village of Godfrey as a defendant, saying it failed to repair a sewer line, causing the unnatural accumulation of water and failed to warn others of the ice.

In her two-count complaint, Wallace is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Rodney B. Caffey of LakinChapman in Wood River will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-120.

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