PORTLAND, OR – A woman who claims she broke her foot while standing in line in front of a food cart on a crowded downtown Portland sidewalk is suing the food cart’s property owner and the city of Portland for $58,970.
According to the suit filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Bonnie R. Colaiuta claims the food-cart line she was standing in on July 13, 2013, was blocking the sidewalk nearSouthwest Ninth Avenue and Alder Street, so she stepped aside to let pedestrian traffic pass.
But as she did, she stepped into a square-shaped hole in the sidewalk — a tree well that was uncovered, her suit states. The misstep broke Colaiuta’s fifth metatarsal bone in her right foot, according to the suit.
Colaiuta’s suit faults property owner Goodman Generations LLC and property management company Downtown Development Group LLC — both for allegedly failing to follow city code by keeping the sidewalk free of hazards and failing to erect a barrier around the tree well. City code specifically places the responsibility of maintaining sidewalks in good repair on property owners.
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