On February 9th, 2002, snowboarder James Lee rode into a four-year-old boy, Patrick Gregorowicz on Grouse Mountain. The boy broke his right lower leg. Today, a Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that Lee pay the Gregorowicz family $30,000 in damages.
The boy’s father, Peter, said that he and his son were attempting to avoid fencing toward the bottom of the run, so, they went around the fencing and went back across the run. That’s when the boy started snowplowing and Lee ran into him. The ruling states that Peter “looked ahead and then heard a scream. He turned and saw what he described as a tumbling snowball. He then realized that his son had been in a collision.”
Lee was 18 at the time of the collision. He had crashed another time that day as well. The boy recovered completely, but Lee was still held responsible for the crash and forced to pay the 30 grand.
Chris Dagenais, spokesman for Grouse Mountain, said the ruling sends a strong message to skiers and snowboarders that they must be responsible for their riding.
“It’s too bad it took an injury of this magnitude to get that message out,” Dagenais said.