Attorney sues RFTA over damaged skis |

Attorney sues RFTA over damaged skis

Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times

A Florida man is demanding that the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority replace his skis after a public bus allegedly ran over one.

Corporate attorney Michael Kosnitzky, who has practices in Miami and New York, sued RFTA on Friday in Pitkin County Small Claims Court. The suit was filed by one of Kosnitzky’s law partners, Jennifer Altman, of the firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.

The suit alleges that after Kosnitzky disembarked a RFTA bus Jan. 24 at the Eighth Street stop, the bus took off while he was trying to remove his skis from the slots on the bus’s side.

Despite Kosnitzky’s screams for the bus driver to stop, “he did not,” and ran over a ski Kosnitzky dropped, the suit says.

Kosnitzky, who cut his hand from the episode, also asked RFTA for its video surveillance of the incident, but those requests fell flat, the suit says.

“Although the incident was reported to RFTA, after several months have passed, they have failed to take any action to correct the problem forcing Mr. Kosnitzky to bring this action,” the suit says. “By this suit, Mr. Kosnitzky seeks replacement of the skis as well as any additionally damage this Court shall deem appropriate.”

The suit asks $2,000 for the K2 Apache Recon skis.

RFTA attorney Paul Taddune said he had not seen the suit and could not immediately comment about its allegations.

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