CLEARWATER — A Largo man is suing St. Petersburg, alleging negligence led to injuries for the defendant.

Mike McCollum filed a complaint Dec. 6 in Pinellas Circuit Court against the city of St. Petersburg, alleging the municipality failed to follow applicable safety guidelines and regulations.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 3, 2015, McCollum was biking along the Pinellas Trail maintained and operated by the defendant. The suit says McCollum crashed due to a trail divider reflector that was obscured.  As a result, McCollum says he sustained bodily injury and resulting pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, medical expenses, loss of earnings and aggravation of a previous existing condition. 

The plaintiff alleges St. Petersburg created or allowed a dangerous condition to exist, failed to properly maintain the bike trail and failed to correct the dangerous condition.

McCollum seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, plus all taxable costs, pre-judgment interest on all liquidated damages and all other relief deemed proper by the court. He is represented by attorney Joseph A. Bayliss Sr. of Bradham, Benson, Lindley, Blevins, Bayliss & Wyatt of Florida West Coast PLLC in St. Petersburg. 

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 17-CA-7184

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