Trial set in 2002 Cardboard Derby accident |

Trial set in 2002 Cardboard Derby accident

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” A trial date has been scheduled to settle a negligence lawsuit filed by a man who was seriously injured during a 2002 Cardboard Derby at Copper Mountain.

The civil case between Gary and Pam Fountain and Copper Mountain, Anheuser-Busch Incorporated and Clear Channel Broadcasting is set to be heard by a jury in Summit County District Court on Dec. 11. The trial is scheduled for five days.

Gary Fountain sustained a severed aorta, fractured vertebrae, a dislocated hip, broken ribs and other bumps and bruises and underwent multiple surgeries after the cardboard sled he was riding in crashed into snow fencing and a snow/ice retaining wall at Copper Mountain on Feb. 2, 2002.

He alleges that the course design on Rosi’s Run in the resort’s East Village was negligent and dangerous.

The Fountains are also suing for loss of consortium, claiming that Pam Fountain suffered a loss of companionship and marital services as a result of her husband’s injuries.

The Cardboard Derby challenged participants to build a craft using cardboard and tape, then ride them down a ski slope. KBCO, the Boulder radio station that created the event, canceled the derby the year after Fountain’s injury. It had been in existence for 14 years before then and was held at Eldora Mountain Resort and Arapahoe Basin before it moved to Copper Mountain in 2002.

Copper Mountain continues to hold a cardboard derby for its employees each spring.

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