An Edwardsville man is suing Target stores and the manufacturers of Schwinn bicycles, alleging a defective bike caused him to fall and suffer a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage.
Plaintiff Myles Landyn Mayberry Lopilato filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against defendants Target Stores and Pacific Bicycle, Inc., citing negligence and product liability.
According to the lawsuit, in April 2020, the plaintiff’s mother bought him a Schwinn mountain bicycle from a Target store, which was manufactured by Pacific Bicycle, Inc. On May 26, the plaintiff was riding the bicycle for the first time when the front tire allegedly became detached from the fork of the bicycle, causing him to be thrown from the bicycle onto the concrete. As a result, Lopilato claims he suffered injuries to his head, neck, and body.
The lawsuit states that the bicycle did not have an adequate latching system to properly secure the front tire to the front of the bicycle.
Lopilato claims he has suffered injuries not limited to a skull fracture, brain hemorrhage, road rash, concussion and contusions. He states that he has suffered “severe and permanent” injuries which have caused him great pain and anguish and will affect his ability to lead a normal life and earn income.
The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus court costs.
This article was first published in Madison Record.