DA studies ski racer death case | VailDaily.com

DA studies ski racer death case

Veronica Whitney

EAGLE COUNTY – A decision on whether he will file charges against the driver of the snowmobile that killed a 13-year-old ski racer on Vail Mountain in December could come in the next few weeks, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Monday. On Feb. 7, the Colorado State Patrol turned the investigation over to the District Attorney’s Office. It took police seven weeks to investigate the Dec. 19 death of Steamboat Springs ski racer Ashley Stamp in a collision with a snowmobile on Vail Mountain. Hurlbert, on vacation last week, said he began looking at the file Friday. “I should get it reviewed in the next couple of days. I may have a decision next week. It depends on whether I need more information,” Hurlbert said. “It might take some weeks. It depends if we need to conduct more investigation. We could ask State Patrol or we could put other investigators if we need to.” Stamp, who was warming up for a slalom race in Golden Peak, died when she collided with a race crew snowmobile driven by Mark Chard, 27, a Vail Resorts employee.Hurlbert said he’s reviewing the case himself because it’s an important one.”It needs my attention,” he said. “It’s a fairly big file.”But Hurlbert said he couldn’t comment yet on any potential charges Chard could face. The investigation was lengthy because it involved many witnesses and follow-up interviews, State Patrol Sgt. Shawn Olmstead said. Also, the police never impounded the snowmobile from Vail Resorts, Olmstead said. After the accident, witnesses gave conflicting reports about the collision, the speed of the snowmobile and whether the snowmobile had a siren or light on, and whether Stamp was wearing headphones when the accident happened. Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or vwhitney@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado

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