District attorney to decide if charges warranted in Aspen skiing death

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— Ninth Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia said the review of a fatal ski collision on Aspen Mountain will go on the “fast burner” next week for a decision by her and her staff on whether a criminal charge is warranted.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office handed over results of its investigation to the District Attorney's Office on Friday. Caloia said she and some of her top deputies will look at the facts to determine “if there is a claim of any wrongdoing.”

“I'll meet with the Sheriff's Office as soon as possible,” she said.

They will also review the Colorado Skier Safety Act for applicability in the case. One section of the act says: “Each skier has the duty to maintain control of his speed and course at all times when skiing and to maintain a proper lookout so as to be able to avoid other skiers and objects. However, the primary duty shall be on the person skiing downhill to avoid collision with any person or objects below him.”

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