Boarder hits skier, skier sues |

Boarder hits skier, skier sues

Aspen Times Staff Report

A New Jersey woman who claims she was hit and injured by an out-of-control snowboarder two years ago at the Snowmass ski area, filed a civil complaint against the boarder in District Court Tuesday.

Sara Sally Denlinger claims that on March 27, 1997, she was skiing at Snowmass when she was struck from behind by Leigh Vandenberg of Nevada.

The lawsuit claims that the collision was the result of negligent misconduct on Vandenberg’s part. The suit claims that Vandenberg failed to observe Denlinger, who was below Vandenberg on the slope; that Vandenberg was boarding at an excessive speed at the time of the accident; and that Vandenberg failed to safely and properly control her snowboard.

As a result of Vandenberg’s alleged negligence, Denlinger sustained severe and permanent personal injuries, incurred medical expenses, sustained lost wages, suffered a loss of quality of life, and sustained pain and suffering, the suit claims.

Denlinger seeks an unspecified amount in damages from Vandenberg. Her complaint also demands a trial by jury.

Vandenberg’s attorney, Mark H. Brady of Snowmass Village, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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