Godfrey sued by woman who slips on loose gravel

By Kelly Holleran | Nov 5, 2009

A Madison County woman claims she slipped on loose gravel while crossing an intersection in her neighborhood.

Karen Cahill of 3213 Whitford Place in Godfrey claims she was walking her dog in the crosswalk section of the intersection of Whitford Place and Whitford Lane on Nov. 11, 2008, when she slipped and fell because of loose gravel that had accumulated.

Because of the incident, Cahill suffered numerous and permanent disabling and disfiguring injuries, incurred medical costs and lost large sums of money she would have otherwise earned, according to the complaint filed Nov. 3 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Cahill names the village of Godfrey as a defendant because she says it failed to compress loose gravel to the road, applied an excessive amount of gravel to the intersection, failed to remove the accumulated excess gravel and failed to inspect the condition of the road.

Cahill is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

She will be represented by Robert D. Larson of Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1170.

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