A mid-February skiing accident at Park City Mountain Resort could result in a man being charged under City Hall’s reckless skiing law. Witnesses informed the Park City Police Department that the man was skiing unusually fast when he fell and crashed into a girl.
The man could be the first person charged using the City Hall prohibition of reckless skiing. People charged with reckless skiing face a class B misdemeanor, the same level charge as a standard drunken-driving count. The law dates to spring 2008.
The suspect is from Salt Lake City. A witness told the police the man was skiing in a manner that was “beyond reckless,” a police official reported.
Kerry Gaines, the City Hall prosecutor screening the case, said she had not decided whether to file a formal charge. She said that decision could be made by the end of the week. If she pursues the case, she said, it would be the first time she files a reckless skiing charge.
According to the Police Department, it received the report at a little after 9 a.m. on March 15, but the accident occurred a month earlier. Ryan said an 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl was skiing with her father at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 on the Home Run trail, a popular route from the Park City Mountain Resort summit to the resort’s base area that is rated green, indicating a beginner trail.
They were close to the bottom of the run when the other skier was “flying down the green trail,” Ryan said, citing information culled from witness interviews. The other skier fell, slid approximately 30 feet and collided with the girl. The impact sent her into the air, she landed on a shoulder and broke an arm, according to police reports.
Several other skiers traded words with the skier and then detained the man until the resort’s ski patrollers arrived. The ski patrollers obtained the man’s name, address and phone number, Ryan said. Police officers did not respond to the scene.
The father of the girl contacted the Police Department on March 15 indicating he wanted to press charges against the skier. Witness statements and information about the Salt Lake City man have been forwarded to the prosecutor.
A class B misdemeanor is punishable by a six-month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine upon convictionPrior to City Hall’s adoption of a reckless skiing law, Summit County had one on the books. When the Park City law was adopted, Summit County changed the wording of its own to match the one inside the city. A City Hall attorney said at the time a 2006 collision at Deer Valley Resort prompted officials to consider a law against reckless skiing. The law also requires someone involved in a collision to stop and help the injured.