Jan. 11, 2013
The family of a 19-year-ld man who was killed at the Howelsen Hill Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has filed a Colorado Wrongful Death lawsuit against the city. According to Colorado’s 9 News, the lawsuit alleges the City of Steamboat Springs was responsible for the teen’s death because of their negligence in properly managing the area.
In March 2011, the teen had traveled to the ski resort and was riding the Schnackenberg Poma lift so that he could take the Town View Trail back down the mountain. His map showed the route to be open. However, he went over a steep section of slope, and went airborne before landing head first in a drift of snow. His body was not discovered until several hours after the accident occurred.
The lawsuit that the teen’s mother filed alleges that the city’s negligence in failing to properly close off the dangerous section of trail was directly responsible for the death of her son. The city maintains that the section was closed off and the teen would have had to maneuver through several barriers to get to the section of trail he was found on.
The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim, and they are hopeful a decision in the case will bring them all a sense of closure to the tragedy.