LUMBERTON — Motorists should be careful on the roadways in Lumberton and Robeson County because the cost of vehicle damages caused by potholes or road defects could fall on their shoulders.

Lumberton resident Deborah Hester felt the weight of that fact after her vehicle was damaged on March 5 by what she described as a “crater” on Pinedale Boulevard in Lumberton. Her 2013 Dodge Dart suffered damages to its oil pan, draining all the oil from the vehicle, and to its struts, shocks and motor, according to Hester.

“I called the city the same day it happened,” Hester said.

She asked the city for help in paying the cost of repairing the damages, the amount of which was not disclosed to The Robesonian. Hester even filed a police report. Weeks later, she received a letter from the city’s insurance adjuster, Tokio Marine HCC – Public Risk Group, informing her the…

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