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.