Motorcyclist broke both arms after hitting pothole

SAN DIEGO - A local man broke both of his arms after hitting a pothole while enjoying a Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride.

John Dewey, 35, was an avid motorcyclist but he has not been on his bike since last August when the incident occurred.

"This has been one of the hardest experiences I've been through," said Dewey.

A metal device was used to repair his broken wrist.

"For me, this has definitely changed my life," said Dewey.

His attorney says the city of San Diego has made some progress on fixing the holes, but a lot more needs to be done.

"We really want to show the public and most importantly the city and those in control that the consequences can be really devastating to a person," said Pajman Jassim of Jassim Associates.

Dewey was with a friend. They were headed south on Morena Boulevard and getting ready to go west on Garnet Avenue when he hit the pothole.

"And on top of that, visibility was made difficult because there are a lot of trees that cast shadows on this part of the roadway," said Jassim.

Dewey flew off his bike, skidded down the road and broke both of his arms.

"It's all kind of a blur," he said. "Everything happened so fast."

10News reached out to the city attorney and they declined to comment.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office tells 10News a budget proposal calls for adding another 16 full-time city workers to focus strictly on pothole repairs and they will reallocate $1.4 million for 25 additional facilities and streets maintenance positions.

"The city has made some changes in headway in that regard, but not enough and not fast enough," said Jassim.

Dewey said, "There's always room for improvement, especially when it comes to the public safety and the public good."

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