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Jury: Skier only partly to blame for collision in Vail

DENVER – A former competitive skier from New York will have to pay about $250,000 after a jury Friday determined he was partly to blame for a ski accident in Vail in April 2004.Michael Kaiden had testified at the civil trial that he and Jason “Jake” White never collided.White, 24, also a former competitive skier working at a Vail ski shop, sued Kaiden alleging that their skis became entangled when Kaiden came up behind him and made a sharp right turn, sending him smashing into a 6-foot-tall pole and leaving him with injuries that have resulted in 10 surgeries.White sought $1.3 million in damages, but jurors decided that Kaiden must pay 51 percent of $505,000 – White’s medical expenses and lost wages.”We are pleased the jury found White was substantially responsible for causing the accident and his own injuries,” said Pete Dubabek, Kaiden’s attorney. “We also see this as a victory considering White will only receive a small fraction of what he was demanding to be awarded in the trial.”White’s attorney, Beth Klein, could not immediately be reached for comment.During the trial, Klein alleged that Kaiden was out of control, did not properly lookout or avoid a collision with a person skiing below him.A witness testified that the two skiers were even with each other when Kaiden made the turn.Vail, Colorado

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