Poor judgment on roads hits wallets


My name is Synthia Shewalter and I am a current resident of Niles. I wanted to bring to light a serious issue that has affected many fellow residents, including members of my family.

Earlier this morning, my mother was on her usual route to work, which includes Robbins Avenue toward the Tibbetts Wick intersection. Along the way, she had not noticed a deep pothole with sharp corners, comparable to a ravine. The impact caused her rim to bend and burst her tire immediately.

Two people who had been following behind her were victims of this unfortunate incident as well – one vehicle left with two bent rims and flat tires, the other with three.

I have spoken with several other people who have had the same incident occur within the last 24 hours.

However, shortly after this incident occurred in broad daylight and heavier traffic flow, the pothole was then being filled. Forty-eight hours before this incident occurred, I noticed most of the small, almost benign potholes had already been filled. This makes absolutely no sense to me.

My main concern is that residents are being forced to foot the bill for the damage caused by an extremely poor judgment call and, more than likely, lack of consideration toward drivers. We are paying taxes to keep us safe, so where are our tax dollars going?

It is imperative that the city possess high priority to focus on repairing the more threatening holes before the smaller ones. In addition, I propose that the city take full responsibility for the damage caused and pay for the repairs that these people will need.

Not only did this lack of judgment cause physical damage to these vehicles – and more than mentioned, at that – but it has caused a delay or even an entire day of work lost, maybe even multiple days if individuals are unable to find another means of transportation to and from work.

That is loss of income, and in this economy, every minute paid is crucial. We are not expecting the city to truly do anything to rectify the personal damage, but there is always room for hope.

It would be greatly appreciated to know the issue, the extensive damage, and the immense inconvenience have been acknowledged and compensated.

Synthia Shewalter