COLLISION SKIER REFUSED APPEAL
19th March 2019
A 17-year old hit a 10-year old girl who is now partially disabled for life. Should more be done about people that ski out of control? UPDATED
Norway’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the skier who hit a young girl on a ski slope.
He injured her for life.
He was sentenced to 18-days in jail and ordered to pay NOK 75,000 (£6,650) after the incident in February 2017.
The victim was a 10-year-old girl from Denmark.
She was on a blue slope at the resort of Gautefalli in Drangedal.
The teenager, now 19-years old, came over an embankment and crashed into the child at high speed.
She has severe fractures in her right leg and has also struggled with psychological problems since the collision.
She is certified as 20% disabled by medical authorities.
Crowded slopes and a small minority of people skiing out of control has sparked sharp debate and reaction.
This recent PlanetSKI story has had almost 10,000 views:
Here are the observations on the issue from our editor, James Cove.
“It is hard to tell if there are actually more collisions on piste than there used to be as figures are very hard to come by,” observes the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.
“However the faster lfits certainly put more people on the slopes and developments in ski technology allow many people to ski faster than they would otherwise.”
“Also, it perhaps makes some feel they are better skiers than they really are and they progress to slopes that are outside of their ability and they lose control.”
Here is further reaction on PlanetSKI’s Facebook page:
And this astonishing video is doing the rounds on social media:
In the meantime we once again raise the question:
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