Former Glendale City Manager Sues City for $1 Million, Says Broken Sidewalk Caused Wife’s Death

The scene of the accident is shown in a map on Sept. 17, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The scene of the accident is shown in a map on Sept. 17, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

A former Glendale city manager, along with his two sons, has filed a $1-million claim against the city, claiming his wife died in a wheelchair accident caused by an uneven sidewalk, records show.

On the afternoon of March 16, James Starbird was pushing his wife, Carolyn, in a wheelchair on the sidewalk in the 1200 block of Ethel Street when the chair hit an uplifted sidewalk, thrusting his wife forward. She struck her head on the concrete, which caused a severe concussion, and died shortly afterward. She was 66.

“There are meter maids, meter readers — a lot of people who work for the city who had to have seen this elevation change in time to protect against this sort of accident,” said the Starbird family’s attorney Steven Glickman. “You can’t have city personnel ignoring these dangerous conditions, especially with disabled people in wheelchairs.”

City Atty. Mike Garcia declined to comment on the claim, other than to say it was under review. He did not know Thursday whether the city had received any complaints about that particular sidewalk prior to the incident.

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