A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a five year old girl that was killed while skiing with her mother on Christmas Eve in 2010. Such a sad, senseless story here.
The suit, filed against the city of Casper, Wyoming and the Casper Mountain Ski Patrol, alleges that they failed to protect the girl from an intoxicated person snowboarding “recklessly” at “excessive speeds.” The complaint states that the 23 year old snowboarder, also killed in the incident, was cited in the past for snowboarding recklessly, and was known for his dangerous behavior. He was estimated to have traveled at speeds of 40 to 50 mph and appeared intoxicated earlier in the day. The lawsuit claims that the ski patrol and city bear responsibility for the girl’s death for their failure to warn her family, and for their failure to instruct the snowboarder to stop.
The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) provides an annual death and serious injury report, but states that the statistical information is very limited and unreliable. In 2012, it was reported that an average of 38 people per year over the last ten years have died as a result of skiing and snowboarding injuries.