Paul Komyatti, Jr. v. The Consolidated City of Indianapolis-Marion County and Citizens Energy Group -3/18/13

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Thursday  April 25, 2013 
11:00 AM  EST

11 a.m. 49A04-1209-CT-445. In June 2010, Paul Komyatti rode his bicycle to an Indianapolis bar, drank some beers, and started biking home.  As Komyatti was biking at least twenty miles per hour on the left side of the street under a railroad bridge, his front wheel struck a water-filled pothole.  Komyatti fell off his bike and was injured.  He was taken to the hospital, where his blood alcohol concentration was measured at .137, which exceeds the .08 legal limit for operating a vehicle.  Komyatti filed suit against the City of Indianapolis and Citizens Energy Group.  He alleged that the City was negligent in maintaining the street and that Citizens was negligent in allowing coke to clog the storm drains under the railroad bridge, which allegedly contributed to the pothole.  The City moved for summary judgment on the basis that Komyatti was contributorily negligent, which is a complete bar to recovery in tort claims against governmental entities.  Citizens also moved for summary judgment, asserting that it did not create a dangerous condition, had no duty to maintain the street, and did not proximately cause Komyatti’s injuries.  The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of both the City and Citizens. Komyatti now appeals.

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