The village of Smithton is being sued for $50,000 by a resident who broke her leg after tripping on a city water meter.

Kay M. Pfeil, who resides at 10 Eddie Dr. in Smithton, claims that while mowing her lawn on June 17 she stepped on a loose water meter cover, causing her to fall into the water meter pit.

She claims the village is negligent for failing to properly secure the water meter cover after an inspection and failing to appropriately torque down the fastener on the water meter cover.

Pfeil suffered a broken left leg and an injury to her right leg, according to the suit filed July 26 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

She is represented by Bruce Cook of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin of Belleville.

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