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$750,000 IN DAMAGES AFTER SKIER COLLISION
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A woman has been awarded the money after a skier smashed into her from behind on a narrow path in Vail. She needed to take out a private prosecution.


In December 2017 Pauline Labra was skiing with her husband when Craig Michel hit her from behind.

He was attempting to pass her on a narrow section of Lower Lion's Way where there was no room for him to pass.

He crashed into her at ‘a high rate of speed' - a violation of the Colorado Skier Safety Act.

Labra suffered serious injuries, including a shattered left humerus.

She required surgery to place hardware throughout her shoulder and she has had nearly two years of medical treatment and rehabilitation.

She may require a bone replacement for her left humerus.

"We were clearly able to prove that Mr. Michel was 100% at fault for the ski collision," said Labra's attorney.

"As a result, Mr. Michel's insurance company offered a substantial amount to settle the case to avoid going to trial."

A six-day jury trial was scheduled for January 7th- 14th 2020.

Pauline Labra is reported to be pleased with the settlement that will allow her to pay for her medical treatment and get on with her life.

However it raises questions about whether the authroities should have prosecuted Michel rather than leaving it to a private legal action.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Department investigated the collision, but no charges were filed.

The case brings into focus the apparently increasing dangers of some people skiing too fast and out of control.

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We have reported on it in the past on PlanetSKI:

In North America the authorities appear to take tougher action than their European counterparts.

Vail Resorts itself has marshalls on the slopes at some intersections at busy times of the day:

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UPDATE:

There has been some reaction to the article and the iissues raised over on Facebook:

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