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Bike rider hurt on city trail sues home owners
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Bike rider hurt on city trail sues home owners

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A man hurt along a bike trail in 2011 is suing the past and present owners of a south Lincoln home, saying they caused slick conditions that led to his fall.

In a lawsuit filed in Lancaster County District Court, Christopher Hepburn of Lincoln said he fell Aug. 13, 2011, when he encountered wet and slick conditions while riding his bike east on the SouthPointe Trail between 32nd and 34th streets.

His attorney, Joel Nelson, alleges the current owners of the home at 3310 Potomac Drive, Daniel and Lori Howell, and past owners, Dean and Mary Hoag Jr., who now live in West Des Moines, Iowa, were to blame for water being discharged from a sump pump.

Nelson said it is believed the slick conditions on the trail caused at least one accident and led the city to close a portion of the trail temporarily.

Hepburn is seeking $100,000 for past medical expenses, plus $2,000 in lost wages and an unspecified amount for future medical care, pain and suffering, temporary and permanent injury to his face and head and damage to his bike.

 

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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