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Father blames potholes in Miami, Oklahoma For Daughter's Broken Arm


A father in Miami, Oklahoma blames city pot holes for his daughter's broken arm. He alleges his daughter hit a pothole and fell off her bike two weeks ago and that despite a report to the city, the problem has still not fixed the problem.  
"She just tumbled over and landed right on her wrist," said Miami resident Nathan Walker. 

Walker says his daughter Natalie hit a pothole in his Miami neighborhood and broke her arm last month. He says in the eight years his family have lived in the neighborhood, streets have always been bad and now alleges they've become down right dangerous.

"There were tears cause it's rough, but I would just like to see the city fix it," Walker said.

"I hit over there and flipped off my bike and can't really remember the accident," said his 9-year-old daughter Natalie.  

Walker admits that Natalie was not wearing her helmet while riding her bike that day, but says it doesn't change the fact that it was the uneven surface that caused the accident in the first place. Walker even went to Tuesday's City Council meeting to ask why two weeks after the incident, and a report he says he's filed, that nothing has been down to fix the road. In addition he's seeking financial compensation from the city for his daughter's medical bills and pain.

"I'm still nervous for other children out here as well as mine, out here riding bikes with the road conditions," Walker said.
The City of Miami says it's aware of Walker's complaint and says the Council went into Executive Session to further discuss the steps the city should take. But due to the absence of the City Attorney from the meeting; Miami's Paralegal Krista Duhon says a final decision will have to wait.

"The reason there is any delay, it's really due to the fact the Council wants to be able to talk with the City Attorney," Duhon said.
For now Walker says he eagerly awaits his meeting with the City Attorney and wants other parents in Miami to be more aware.
"Citizens of Miami, you know, they know our roads are bad, and this is what can happen," Walker said. 

Walker says he is scheduled to meet with Miami's City Attorney later this month to further discuss the issue. For a link to the City of Miami's website, click here. 
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