A skier who was injured while loading a lift at Pico Mountain back in 2015 is claiming one of the resort’s employees did not keep the lift safe during its operation. Ara Lefrancois has filed lawsuits against the employee and Killington/Pico.
According to the Rutland Herald, Lefrancois was skiing in February of 2015 when she decided to board the Gnomes Knoll lift. During the onloading process, an employee of the resort, Lucio Ianieri rode his snowboard into the loading area. At some point during the encounter, the plaintiff alleges Ianieri took a photo. During that action, Ianieri’s board got entangled with Lefrancois’ skis. During that mess, Lefrancois fell to the ground and sustained some “general” injuries.
The resort is responding to the lawsuit by claiming that Lefrancois might in fact be the one at fault. The defense also cited the risks assumed when Lefrancois purchased her lift ticket.
Lefrancois’s attorney has since asked the judge recuse himself after accusing the justice of failing to recognize evidence of the defendant tampering with witnesses and potential evidence. Killington filed a response to that motion that says: “it may be that counsel’s strategy is to keep filing motions to menace the presiding judge off this case. This should not be allowed. Dissatisfaction with action taken by a judge, even action allowed to be erroneous, is simply not grounds for recusal.”
You can find the entire Rutland Herald article here: Woman sues Killington/Pico resort over ski lift incident