Ex-Mayor's Wife Sues Over Ruptured Implant in Sidewalk Fall

Animation presented by the defense suggests the fall that Cynthia Hedgecock said ruptured her breast implant. The City of San Diego disputes the fall happened at this location or caused the damage alleged in the suit.

(Published Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017)

A former mayor's wife is suing the city of San Diego because she said her breast implant was ruptured by a fall on a damaged sidewalk in Pacific Beach.

Cynthia Hedgecock testified Tuesday that she tripped and fell while walking along on Morrell Street on July 31, 2015.

She is the wife of former San Diego mayor and conservative radio talk-show host Roger Hedgecock.

The couple claims the city of San Diego did not maintain the sidewalk and fix needed repairs, which led to the fall. They are suing for $25,000 in damages.

Hedgecock testified she got out of her car carrying folders in one hand and a phone in the other. She testified she was not looking down at her feet while she walked toward Grand Avenue.

When she tripped, she said, she was trying to keep her papers from flying and her cell phone from hitting.

“I fell hard on my chest with some impact to my knees,” she testified.

The defense submitted an animation into evidence that they say suggests how the fall occurred.

“I was not running. I was wearing flats and I can’t run in flats,” Hedgecock said.

Cynthia Hedgecock said she scraped her knees but dusted herself off and told passersby she was fine. She continued on to the meeting.

An attorney representing the city of San Diego said there is no disputing a dangerous condition existed on the sidewalk on Morrell Street but they dispute that the fall occurred where the damage existed.

The defense also rejected the suggestion that the fall on that sidewalk caused the rupture in Hedgecock’s breast implant.

According to the city attorney, the fall was not witnessed by anyone. No images were submitted to document the damage to the plaintiff’s phone or clothing.

Hedgecock went to a Scripps Clinic facility a few weeks later on Aug. 17, 2015, with complaints of chest pain and breast deformities.

The implants, according to the suit, were "irreparably damaged."

Hedgecock testified she received $19,924.04 in medical bills.

She contacted the city six months after the fall and indicated a different location on the claim filed with the city of San Diego than what was presented in the lawsuit.

You can read the full lawsuit here.