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UK skier escapes charges
Robert Wills
Robert Wills appeared in a Colorado court
A court in Colorado has decided that Plymouth man Robert Wills will not face charges in relation to the death of another man in a skiing accident.

Mr Wills, 31, was initially told he could be charged with manslaughter or reckless endangerment following his collision with Robert Henrichs at the Breckenridge resort, near Denver.

Following the crash, Mr Henrichs, 56, of Naperville, Illinois, hit a tree and later died.

Mr Wills was subsequently arrested at the Colorado ski resort.

But the authorities in Colorado said on Thursday that there was insufficient evidence that any crime had been committed. He was released from jail after being held in custody since Sunday.

Skiers or snowboarders are required by Colorado law to avoid hitting people skiing or snowboarding in front of or below them.

Skiing law

Breckenridge is owned by Vail Resorts, which cracked down on reckless skiing in 1999 after six deaths during a short period at its four Colorado resorts.

Two died in a collision in Breckenridge when a 16-year-old ski racer hit a 60-year-old who was on a snowboard.

So far this season, 13 skiers and snowboarders have died in accidents on Colorado's slopes, compared with a record 16 last season, according to Colorado Ski Country USA.

Two years ago, a Vail Resorts lift operator became the first person sent to jail because of a fatal skiing accident.

Nathan Hall was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death of a British carpenter.

He was skiing too fast for the conditions when he hit Alan Cobb, who died instantly.


SEE ALSO:
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