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Jogger sues City of Alton over hole in sidewalk

By Michael Abella | Jan 7, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A jogger is suing the City of Alton after he allegedly tripped and fell from a hole in the sidewalk.

Christopher Everage filed a complaint on Dec. 23, in the Madison County Circuit Court against the City of Alton, alleging the municipal corporation breached its duty to maintain the sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition.

According to the complaint, Everage alleges that on Sept. 21 he was jogging on the sidewalk at the intersection of Seventh Street and Central Avenue in Alton when he stepped into a hole that caused him to fall. As a result, he claims he sustained injuries that resulted in pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity and medical expenses.

The plaintiff alleges the City of Alton failed to inspect and repair the hole on the sidewalk and failed to barricade or otherwise warn users of the sidewalk.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation in excess of $15,000 but not more than $50,000, plus costs of suit.

He is represented by Robert D. Larson of Larson Law Office in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1751

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