Feature photo: Symphony Under the Stars (copy)

Symphony Under the Stars draws thousands of people to the campus of Carroll College every year. 

TOM KUGLIN, tom.kuglin@helenair.com

A woman who broke her leg during Symphony Under the Stars is suing Carroll College and the Helena Symphony Society for half a million dollars.

Naomi Johnson of Helena says she broke her leg at the outdoor concert in 2016. The one-night event draws thousands of people to the Carroll College campus each year, and Johnson is alleging negligence due to poorly lit walkways at the event. 

Johnson says she would not have been on the premises of Carroll College if the symphony had not held a performance and invited people to attend, according to court documents. She says she has a condition that prevents her from drinking alcohol and was not drinking before she fell. 

Johnson fell off a curb on the way back to her car and is now asking the college and the Symphony Society to pay damages, according to court documents.

In its response, Carroll College denied Johnson’s allegation that the walkways were poorly lit. Carroll also argued that Johnson’s claimed damages were “caused by acts or omissions of other parties over whom Carroll college had no control and for which Carroll College is not responsible,” according to court documents.

Both Carroll College and Johnson have requested a jury trial.

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