GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a number of governmental entities for injuries she claims to have received in a fall off a sidewalk into a drainage ditch.

Crystal Williams filed suit against the City of Gretna, Consolidated Drainage Distrcit No. 2 of the Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the State of Louisiana in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 26.

Williams claims she was walking on the sidewalk immediately in front of her residence located at 607 4th St. in Gretna when stepped onto a narrow pedestrian walkway bridge running over a drainage ditch. The plaintiff claims that as she was walking over the bridge she tripped and fell into the drainage ditch. Williams asserts she received serious injuries in the fall.

The defendant is accused of installing and constructing an open drainage ditch in front of homes in a highly populated residential area, constructing and unsafe bridge, allowing the joints between the bridge to deteriorate, failing to regularly maintain and inspect the drainage ditch, failing to timely inspect and repair the drainage ditch and sidewalk, failing to warn of the dangerous condition of the walkway and allowing a dangerous condition to exist.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, permanent damages, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses and economic damages.

Williams is represented by attorney Pierre F. Gaudin of Gretna.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Raymond S. Steib Jr.

Case no. 730-382.

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