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Penticton woman suing city and long boarder who allegedly rolled into her

The Okanagan Lakeshore Walkway in Penticton.
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A pedestrian who was hit by a long boarder in Penticton is suing the city and the rider.

On  Aug. 22, Paula Clare Murray was struck by Michael Valentine on a walkway on the north side of Lakeshore Drive in Penticton, and her arm and shoulder were injured as a result, according to a civil claim filed Nov. 16.

Valentine was negligent because he was operating his board at an "excessive or improper rate of speed,” without due care or consideration and he failed to keep a proper lookout, the lawsuit alleges.

The city was also negligent for reasons that include its failure to “prohibit the use of longboards on the promenade” or designate a lane for long boarders, there’s no signage that warns of the dangers of long boarding, nor is there signage warning long boarders to be safe, and the city failed to make the walkway safe for pedestrians, according to the claim.

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Murray, who is retired, claims to have suffered various losses as a result of the collision. No dollar figure is listed, but she's seeking relief to compensate for her loss of enjoyment of life and her housekeeping abilities, as well as medical-related costs.

Penticton’s Lakeshore Drive has a multi-use path/trail according to the city’s website.

Neither defendant has responded to the claim. None of Murray’s allegations have been proven in court.

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