The City of Alton denies liability in a jogger's personal injury suit and argues that the jogger's own negligence contributed to any alleged injuries from tripping on a hole in the sidewalk.

Christopher Everage filed his complaint on Dec. 23, alleging the City of Alton breached its duty to maintain the sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition.

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.

Everage alleges the defendant failed to inspect and repair the hole in the sidewalk and failed to barricade or otherwise warn users of the dangerous condition.

The City of Alton answered the complaint on Feb. 8 through attorney Charles Pierce of Pierce Law Firm in Belleville.

The defendant denies liability and argues that the plaintiff’s own negligence was more than 50 percent of the total proximate cause of the alleged injuries.

Everage seeks a judgment of more than $15,000, but not more than $50,000, plus court costs.

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

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1751

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