Father of four injured after riding over pothole; family avoids eviction

Father of four injured after riding over pothole; family avoids eviction
Overbrook Road (Source: NBC12)
Overbrook Road (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A father-of-four avoided eviction when he contacted 12 On Your Side after he took a bad fall off his bicycle on Overbrook Road, while hitting a city pothole.

Richard Poe says he's now unable to work, and because of that, he and his family were going to be evicted from their home Friday.

Poe says his bike flipped into the air as he cycled through Battery Park last month. He suffered a broken wrist, a gash to the head and other scrapes totaling nearly $6,000 in medical bills.

"I must have hit my head on the curb here… You could see the blood… It was a pretty ugly scene," said Poe, who was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.

Poe says he's been unable to work at his job as a restaurant dishwasher and expected to be evicted Friday after falling behind on rent.

"I'm not looking to get rich over the situation... But you have to understand, I got three kids who are about to be homeless behind it," continued Poe.

NBC12's legal analyst Steve Benjamin says even though the city has a responsibility to keep the streets in a reasonably safe condition, crews aren't expected to know about or repair a pothole that suddenly develops - unless that pothole had been reported, or somehow became known to the city, otherwise.

NBC12 found five repair requests for potholes submitted on the same, general stretch of Overbrook Road as Poe's accident, in the past year. The city marked those requests as "acknowledged" on the SeeClickFix website.

This comes as the Richmond Public Works Department has also dedicated hundreds of thousands of extra dollars to filling potholes across the city, since January.

Regardless, Poe said he just wants the means to get back on his feet so he can support his family.

"I don't want to put them through this… Money is not going to fall out of the sky," he said.

After seeing his story, 12 On Your Side viewers donated enough money so that Richard, his wife and three children will now be able to stay in their apartment.

Poe still has to file a claim with the city. Once he does, a city spokesperson tells NBC12, they will investigate the matter and pay Poe, if the city is found to be liable.

If you want to help the family, they have a GoFundMe page here.

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