Fifteen year-old Alexa Longueira was walking along Victory Boulevard in Staten Island minding her own business when she fell into an open manhole. Instead of paying attention to where she was walking, she was too intent on tapping out a text message to notice the gaping gap in the sidewalk and just dropped straight on in.
Now her parents are suing the city.
The story says nothing about whether there were warning signs or even barriers set up to block access to the open manhole. Nevertheless, this does not negate the fact that one should pay attention to where they are going, especially in a busy city.
How often have you seen someone walking or even worse, driving who are completely oblivious to anything else going on around them?
Hopefully Alexa is okay but one thing for sure – I would imagine she will pay more attention when walking about in the city in the future, despite the fact as to whether her parents will succeed in suing the city or not.