Mother files lawsuit against New York resort after teenage son dies in skiing accident
The mother of a Syracuse, NY teenager who died following a February 2022 incident at Bristol Mountain in western New York, continues the ski resort. According Syracuse.com, Lisa Cuomo, of Manlius, has filed court documents that her 15-year-old son, Christain, was killed after stepping onto a dangerous Olympic-sized ski jump. In the lawsuit filed in Onondaga County State Supreme Court, Cuomo alleges that Troser Management, the company that manages Bristol Mountain, was negligent in maintaining and controlling the functionality of the park at snow.
Christian Cuomo, a 15-year-old student at Christian Brothers Academy, was injured on February 21 on his first ski trip to Bristol. He was thrown 95 feet into the air away from the incline and fell about five stories, according to accident investigators, whom his parents hired as part of their trial. In a statement released after the incident, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office said Christian, wearing a helmet, who landed face-first and suffered serious head and facial injuries. Cristian would succumb to his injuries and die two days later.
Cuomo claims the terrain park had left unmarked, ultra-hazardous conditions that were not apparent to his son – particularly the landing zone for a big professional ski jump. According to court documents, by February 21, Troser had removed the jump, but the launch and landing area was not marked and should have been marked off. During his use of the terrain park, Cristian attempted to navigate what he believed to be a feature of the terrain park. The teenager crashed into the unmarked landing zone resulting in severe head trauma.
The complaint does not mention a monetary amount for damages, including alleged wrongful death. Troser Management has up to 30 days to respond to the complaint.
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