Candlewood Suites in O'Fallon sued over customer's trip in parking lot

Andrea Dearden Oct. 23, 2012, 6:52am


An O'Fallon hotel is being sued after one if its guests allegedly hurt his knee when he stepped in a hole in the hotel's parking lot.

Samuel Wright filed a lawsuit Oct. 5 against Kingston Hotel Group LLC in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the petition, Wright and his family were staying at the Candlewood Suites in O'Fallon in July 2011. Wright says he left the hotel through the west exit door to go to his car in the parking lot. The surface of the parking lot was exceptionally dark, Wright claims, because of some asphalt sealant the hotel had applied to it. That condition, Wright alleges, made it difficult to see a drainage hole in the parking lot. When he stepped in the hole, Wright says he tore his right meniscus and will need to have a full knee replacement in the next few years to repair the injury.

Wright accuses Kingston Hotel Group, the owner of the hotel, of negligence for allegedly failing to warn guests of the potential hazard in the parking lot. He asks for more than $50,000 in damages for medical expenses and court costs.

Wright is represented by attorney Jim Ellis of Belleville's Ellis Law Firm.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-527

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