Travis Luffman, 22, of Pfafftown, N.C., is charged with reckless endangerment and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors, for allegedly leaping off a rolling hill blindly, and then crashing with a seven-year-old boy. The extent of the injuries suffered by the youngster are unknown.
One of the boy’s relatives was videotaping him skiing at the time of the accident near the Coney Glade lift and turned the footage over to police. And now it is up to the judge to determine whether the video may be used in his trial. Deputy District Attorney Richard Nedlin has indicated his intent to show the video. But the lawyer for Luffman has objected to any attempt by Nedlin to introduce the video at trial without proper authentication. Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely of Pitkin County Court will decide whether the video is admissible during Friday’s trial.
Luffman was on a break from his job with Aspen Skiing Co. at the time of the crash. He lost his job after the accident. He also has said that the boy’s relatives assaulted him, punching and splitting his lip, hitting him on the head with a ski pole and breaking his goggles.
No charges were brought for the alleged retaliation because Snowmass Village Police Chief Art Smythe said at the time it was unclear if Luffman was attacked or was injured in the crash. Officers also weren’t sure which of the relatives allegedly struck the defendant.