BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A 16-year-old boy involved in a deadly collision on the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort is being sued for wrongful death.
John Sherwood, 43, from New Jersey died after the collision on the expert trail Tiger Run on April 4. It happened under the Peak 8 Super Connect chairlift near tower No. 25.
According to the lawsuit, the teen from New Hampshire was above Sherwood on the trail, was skiing at a high rate of speed and crashed into Sherwood from behind.
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The lawsuit said Sherwood was skiing in control of his speed and course, and the “negligent manner” in which the teen was skiing was the sole cause of the collision.
Under the Colorado Ski Safety Act, it is the responsibility of the uphill skier to avoid collisions with people skiing below them, the lawsuit said.
Because the defendant is a minor, his mother is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit said the teen was part of a competitive skiing team and was supposed to be supervised by coach Dan Shuffleton from Waterville Valley Academy. Shuffleton and WVA are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
“Shuffleton failed to reasonably supervise [the teen] and as a result was negligent in his supervision,” the lawsuit said. “As a direct and proximate result of the negligence of Dan Shuffleton, John Sherwood was killed.”
“Shuffleton was aware of the conditions on the ‘Tiger Run’ which, if not reasonably approached by the skiers under his supervision … could cause injury or death to other skiers,” the lawsuit said.
According to the lawsuit, WVA was negligent in providing adequate training to Shuffleton. Sherwood left behind a wife and two children.
Sherwood’s widow, Tracey Sherwood, is seeking “compensatory economic and non-economic damages in amounts to be proved at trial.”
The lawsuit said other associated damages “far exceed $75,000.”