Last Valentine’s Day, a 12-year-old fell while skiing at Mountain Creek, a small ski resort in New Jersey. The youngster slid into Samuel Caruthers and his child. Caruthers, an anesthesiologist, responded in a fit of “ski rage”.
The prosecutor’s office stated that the doctor repeatedly punched the boy in the face and poked him in the chest with the pointed end of a ski pole. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the boy visibly injured.
Samuel Caruthers was then indicted by a Sussex County grand jury in May on charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon, according to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. Caruthers pleaded not guilty to the charges in July.
And now the boy’s parents have filed a lawsuit against Caruthers, alleging the attack caused “serious permanent and disabling injuries” to their son by striking him with his hands and a ski pole. The complaint also accuses Caruthers of intentionally inflicting emotional distress on the boy’s parents who witnessed the attack. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages along with interest, attorney fees and costs of suit.