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Lawsuit against Wildwood Park says high grass to blame for fall

State Court

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 9, 2019


MEDIA — A Swarthmore couple are seeking damages from a township and two construction companies after the wife allegedly fell in a gully hidden by high grass at a park.

Christine Petrone and Joseph Petrone filed a complaint in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas against Springfield Township, Aqua America Inc. and Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. alleging negligence and loss of consortium.

According to the complaint, on June 27, 2017, Christina Petrone attended her son's youth baseball practice at the township's Wildwood Park. Both plaintiffs allege they found that the site for the practice was in an unkempt condition and the grass was too high for play, so the group decided to relocate to a different facility. Christine Petrone alleges she gathered up their belongings and headed to her vehicle and fell in a grassy area that covered a gully. She alleges she was injured.

The plaintiffs allege the township failed to maintain the Wildwood Park facility and that the Aqua defendants negligently excavated the street in the area where she fell.

The plaintiffs are seeking more than $50,000, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiffs are represented by Gerald B. Baldino Jr. of Sacchetta & Baldino in Media.

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