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Woman sues Google after Park City accident

Published May 31, 2010 6:19 pm

Map » Suit claims Google map directed her to walk along a dangerous road.
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A Los Angeles-area woman is suing a Salt Lake County man and Google for an amount in excess of $100,000, alleging that Google Maps led her onto a dangerous Park City roadway where she was struck by a car.

In a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court for Utah, Lauren Rosenberg, through her Provo-based attorneys, Young, Kester & Petro, states that on Jan. 19, 2009, she sought instruction from Google Maps on her Blackberry for directions to walk from 96 Daly Ave. to 1710 Prospector Ave. in Park City. The attorneys could not be reached for comment Monday.

According to the suit, Google Maps directed Rosenberg along Deer Valley Drive, which is State Route 224, in an area "where vehicles travel at a high rate of speed and [is] devoid of pedestrian sidewalks."

The suit states: "Google undertook the duty to exercise reasonable care in providing safe directions to patrons of its Google Maps service. [But] Google failed to warn plaintiff Rosenberg of said known dangers..."

It claims that Salt Lake County resident Patrick Harwood was driving an automobile southbound in a "negligent" manner and struck Rosenberg, "causing her to suffer severe physical, emotional, and mental injuries... and causing her to incur medical expenses in an amount exceeding $100,000."

The suit seeks from Google an amount in excess of $100,000 to be determined at trial.

No date has been set for a hearing in Judge Dee Benson's court.