Alexa Longueira Falls Down Manhole While Texting; Family to Sue
Alexa Longueira, a 15-year-old girl from Staten Island, New York, fell down an open manhole while sending a text message on her cell phone.
The hole was about four to five feet deep, though Longueira suffered no serious injuries and was released from Staten Island University Hospital on the same day.
"It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me," Longueria told the Staten Island Advance.. "They were just, like, 'I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"
According to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), sewer line workers on the manhole were briefly away obtaining cones to mark the open sewer when Longueira fell into the hole. Policy mandates that work sites must be marked with warning signs or cut off from pedestrian access while they are undergoing work.
Longeuira's family is planning to sue, though it is unclear whom or for what. According to Alexa's mother, Kim Longueira, "the 'gross' factor" plays a role in their intended lawsuit.
"Oh my God, it was putrid," she said. "One of her sneakers is still down there."