Suit alleges skier was reckless, caused crash
A Pitkin County man filed a personal-injury complaint Monday in District Court claiming that a Dec. 7 skier collision with an Aspen man left him with serious injuries and other hardships.
The plaintiff, Larry Jordan, through his attorney Jeff Wertz, claims Nick Glavas was out of control and skiing too fast when he collided with Jordan on the Little Nell run on Aspen Mountain. Glavas, of Laguna Beach, California, and Aspen, was uphill from Jordan, according to the complaint, which means he is the responsible skier, according to Colorado’s Skier Safety Act.
The act states that skiers have a duty to maintain control at all times and to remain aware and cautious of their surroundings in order to avoid collisions with other skiers and objects. It also states that the primary duty “shall be on the person skiing downhill to avoid collisions with any person or objects below him.”
The claim against Glavas is that he “negligently, carelessly and recklessly breached his duty to Jordan by skiing out of control and at a high rate of speed and colliding with Jordan.”
Glavas remained on the scene when the ski patrol arrived to investigate. Patrollers treated and stabilized Jordan before he was sent to Aspen Valley Hospital, according to the complaint.
“Glavas was skiing at a higher rate of speed than Jordan when Glavas skied into Jordan from above,” the complaint reads. “An eyewitness to the events has stated that Glavas was skiing at a high rate of speed and was unable to avoid colliding into the rear of Jordan and that Jordan never saw Glavas coming so that Jordan was completely exposed and had no opportunity to brace himself or otherwise react to what has happening.”
The suit alleges that Jordan was temporarily knocked unconscious after the impact with Glavas and that he suffered multiple injuries, including, but not limited to, a fractured rib and two fractured vertebrae as well as a bruised lung and a collapsed lung.
“As a direct and proximate result of the collision, Jordan sustained serious, severe and possibly permanent physical injuries, damages and losses that have and may continue to prevent him from engaging in his usual activities, hobbies, occupations and avocations,” the complaint alleges.
Wertz said Monday that Glavas is an Aspen Skiing Co. employee but was not working at the time of the collision.
Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said he contacted the company’s legal team Monday to find out what, if any, details the company could release related to the collision and Glavas’ employment.
Jordan is seeking a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages as well as attorney’s fees and court costs.
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