Aspen attorney sues over Snowmass ski crash
A week after being hit by a snowboarder at Snowmass, a local defense attorney filed a lawsuit against the man, according to court records.
Lawyer Beth Krulewitch “was stopped at the side of the trail and was bent over adjusting her ski equipment” when Justin Storm collided with her, according to the lawsuit filed Sunday in Aspen District Court.
“As a result of the collision, (Krulewitch) was ejected from her skis, suffered contusions and three severed tendons, suffered great pain of body and mind and incurred expenses for medical attention and hospitalization,” the suit states.
Krulewitch may have suffered permanent damage, according to the lawsuit.
On Monday, Krulewitch said she was uphilling at Snowmass and had stopped by the side of the run in an obvious spot to adjust her bindings when she was hit.
“I didn’t see him,” she said.
During the collision, either her ski or the snowboard cut the top of Krulewitch’s hand and severed the three tendons, she said.
“If there’s any kind of story to tell, it’s the danger in early season of uphilling and the limited terrain available,” Krulewitch said. “People going down need to be cognizant of it.”
The lawsuit provided no other information about Storm and efforts to reach him Monday were not successful.
With many lingering questions still surrounding the fate of Aspen’s historic Old Powerhouse, City Council decided during Monday’s work session to hold off on providing staff direction on moving the preservation project forward until more information can be presented.