The first witness to take the stand in the trial of a woman who tripped, fell and injured herself on Imperial Irrigation District property was the woman herself.
El Centro resident Carmen Hamrick tripped Oct. 16, 1996, while on her way to a meeting in the IID's El Centro auditorium. She is seeking damages from the IID alleging dangerous conditions on public property.
Though she acknowledged she'd been to prior meetings in the facility, never before had she entered the auditorium from the north entrance.
"I had never gone through that door before," Hamrick said.
Hamrick also testified that she entered the facility from other entrances where there are ramps and not curbs.
"I never thought there was a curb there," she said.
Hamrick's attorney, Lowell Sutherland, asked Hamrick to comment on why she began attending IID board meetings in the first place, but after some discussion on her part about being the champion of IID employees, her testimony was cut short.