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Woman sues blind paralympic runners for knocking her over on trail

Feb 10, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT


A Canadian woman is suing a pair of runners for knocking her down on a running trail at Rideau Canal in Ottawa, asking for $350,000, court records show. Oh yeah, the two runners in question are blind.

Jason (pictured, left) and Jon Dunkerley, who are members of the Canadian paralympic team, were both born blind. They were training on the Rideau Canal trail with guides when the accident occurred. Mimi Lepage says that she sustained injuries to her hip, elbow and shoulder, and has since had trouble walking and housekeeping.

The the men (and their guide runners) crashed into her causing injuries that supposedly will require treatment for the rest of her life. Among the other claims in the suit are that the brothers were “running at an unsafe speed given the circumstances,” … and that the blind runners “owed a duty of care to other users of the recreational path not to create a hazard or situation of danger that the other users cannot avoid.”

However: the accident occurred in January of 2010, and a web site supposedly shows that Lepage participated in a 10k race that following April.

“We Googled her name to see who she was and it showed that she ran a race in April 2010, so if she was hurt so bad that she said she’s been unable to run, why is her name listed for running a 10-k months later?” Jon Dunkerley asked.

Blind Runners Frivolously Being Sued for Running into Woman [The Slanch Report]

  1. alligatorsnapper - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Wonder if these two blind paralympic team members can counter-sue this woman? Obviously, she was well enough to run a 10K race later but now will suffer the rest of her life? I hope the judge and/or jury in Canada see through this fiasco and deny her case early in the legal proceedings, so it won’t cost these runners an “arm and a leg” (pardon the pun) for attorney’s fees.

  2. goforthanddie - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    She’s just pissed they ran faster than her.

  3. mogogo1 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Wow, I guess frivolous lawsuits aren’t just an American obsession. What a totally classless individual this woman is. Since the article doesn’t mention it, I can only assume she didn’t require medical attention at the time, yet somehow she’s now going to require care for life? Yeah, okay… It’s even better that she apparently doesn’t have a job so she can’t complain about not being able to do that, so it’s her “housekeeping” abilities that have been compromised.

  4. seanthegreatest - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I didn’t know you could do a google search in brail.