Woman with broken ankle on M-22 can sue MDOT

The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of a woman with a broken ankle, saying it's the state's responsibility to take care of a parallel parking lane on a popular stretch of M-22 in Suttons Bay.
AP Wire
Dec 25, 2012


Helen Yono, 69, was shopping in Suttons Bay. While returning to her car, the Livonia woman stepped into a depression and broke her ankle.

The lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Transportation raises a common legal dispute: When is the state immune to lawsuits about road conditions? In this case, the appeals court said MDOT is responsible. In a 2-1 decision, the court last week said the parking lane is a lane designed for vehicles.

The decision means the lawsuit goes forward. Judge Michael Talbot disagreed with judges Michael Kelly and Jane Beckering.


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