No response yet in civil ski death suit |

No response yet in civil ski death suit

DENVER – The attorney representing a skier who was cleared of criminal charges in the death of a man at Breckenridge Ski Resort will soon file a response to a claim for a civil lawsuit.

On Wednesday, Denver attorney Pamela Mackey said she had just received permission from her client’s insurance company to proceed with the case.

Attorneys at Jim Chalat Law Offices, who handle numerous ski-related claims, filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Denver one week ago on behalf of the family of Richard Henrichs.

Henrichs, a 56-year-old salesman from Naperville, Ill., died after a collision on Peak 9 March 2. Henrichs and Robert Wills, 31, of Plymouth, England, collided where two trails were merging.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office took Wills into custody and held him in the jail until March 6, when the district attorney decided not to file criminal charges.

The civil lawsuit alleges Wills was negligent in the wrongful death of Henrichs. Civil suits have a lower standard of proof than criminal cases.

Mackey said Wills had taken out a travel insurance policy before leaving England, and the insurance company agreed to pay her fee. The court requires a response to the civil claim within 20 days of its filing.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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