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People v. Hall

Colorado Supreme Court
999 P.2d 207 (2000)


Facts

While skiing on Vail mountain, trainer ski racer Hall (defendant) flew off a knoll and hit Allen Cobb who died after sustaining a brain injury. Hall was charged with felony reckless manslaughter. At a preliminary hearing to determine whether there was sufficient probable cause to charge Hall with a felony, the county court found that Hall’s conduct “did not rise to the level of dangerousness” required under state law and the court dismissed the charges. On appeal, the district court affirmed the county court’s decision. The district court held Hall’s conduct of “skiing too fast for the conditions” was not “reckless” and thus was not “more likely than not” that death to another would result. The state’s supreme court reviewed the case.

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