Vail Resorts settles wrongful death suit
VAIL, Colorado The wrongful-death lawsuit brought against Vail Associates by the family of a young ski racer who died in a snowmobile collision on Vail Mountain in 2004 has been settled.Jim Heckbert, lawyer for the family of Ashley Stamp, declined to say what the terms of the settlement were, citing a confidentiality agreement.Both sides agreed that the case would be resolved, Heckbert said. It was a very sad situation where these two great parents lost a very loving daughter.The settlement was reached in March.Ashley Stamp, 13, of Steamboat Springs was warming up on Golden Peak in December 2004 when she collided with a snowmobile being driven uphill by a member of Vail Mountains race crew.No criminal charges were filed, but Ashleys parents filed a wrongful-death suit in 2005. Vail Associates, the subsidiary of Vail Resorts that operates Vail Mountain, and Mark Chard, the employee who was driving the snowmobile, were named as defendants.The case never went to trial, but it did go to the Colorado Supreme Court, which made a ruling in November regarding how much in damages the Stamps could recover.A spokeswoman for Vail Associates did not immediately return a phone call.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.
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