Jury awards bicyclist $3.2 million in Philly sinkhole lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA (AP/WTXF) - A Philadelphia jury has awarded a New Jersey man and his wife $3.2 million for a sinkhole that caused the man to crash during a charity bike ride in the city three years ago.

Anthony Degliomini, 55, was among 811 bicyclists who participated in the inaugural Phillies Charities Bike Ride near Citizens Bank Park in May 2015. He hit the 16-foot hole as he was approaching the finish line.

Although he was wearing a helmet, Degliomini was knocked unconscious, suffered multiple fractures and required implants in his spine.

His injuries make Degliomini an incomplete quadriplegic, per lawyer Tom Lynam. Degliomini suffers neurological deficits in his arms and legs but has some level of function, allowing him to walk and use his hands again after a long and arduous recovery period.

Degliomini's attorneys said the city knew about the sinkhole before the race because it was visible on satellite images in October 2014.