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4 deaths acured in the last 4 days, one aditional person pending recovery. all due to snow mobils

one death accured on the slope of alpine valley, where a youth ran in to a snow mobil in route of another ruscue. though percautions were taken, they only work when every one pays attention to the conditions below and obeys Ski Patrols. they are a non paid national organization who volenters thier serveses every year to keep our hills safe for every one.

so please when you see them on the hills, give them thier due respect, they have had to preform hundreds of hours of ski training, testing, First Aid at their own expence. They are really there for your benifit.

the other three and posible one other, the causes are suspected to be excessive speed. Remember it is as dangerous for pasengers as it is for you. please take care to mind safety first...


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Parents of boy killed in accident sue ski slope, man

Kirk Pinho May 16, 2007 - The parents of a 7-year-old Bloomfield Township boy who was killed in February when he was struck by a snowmobile driven by a worker at the Alpine Valley Ski Area in White Lake Township are suing not only the 60-year-old Waterford Township man who was driving the snowmobile but also the ski area itself, according to documents obtained through the Oakland County Clerk's/Register of Deeds office last week.

Marc G. Vachon and Anne G. Vachon, parents of Timothy Vachon, are being represented by the Googasian law firm, based out of Bloomfield Hills. They claim in the lawsuit that the snowmobile was negligently and/or reckless operated by Dennis Paul Tonkovich, an Alpine Valley ski patroller, when the vehicle struck Timothy Vachon on Feb. 3.

The suit claims that the amount in controversy is "well in excess of the $25,000 jurisdictional limit, exclusive of costs, interest and attorneys fees." Damages requested include covering funeral and burial expenses; compensation for "the pain, suffering, fright and shock that Timmy experienced as a result of the accident and his injuries prior to his death;" compensation for losses suffered by the boy's surviving family members; and punitive and/or exemplary damages.

At the time of the incident, the suit alleges, Timothy Vachon was skiing at Alpine Valley as part of a ski school program and, at all times, he was wearing an approved safety helmet and skiing responsibly and under control. Heading towards the lodge to meet his parents, Timothy Vachon was struck by a snowmobile driven by Tonkovich. The suit claims the snowmobile was not equipped with emergency flashing lights, a siren, and/or other warning devices.

In addition, according to court documents, the operator was accelerating the snowmobile at a high rate of speed along the bottom of the ski slope and in front of the lodge, weaving through and around a large number of young skiers. As that was occurring, a number of skiers allegedly "scrambled to avoid being run over."

Tonkovich allegedly made no evasive actions and was still accelerating at the time the snowmobile collided with the boy, the suit claims.

According to staff in the county clerk's office, as of Friday, May 11, the defendants had yet to formally respond to the lawsuit.

Calling Alpine Valley's Snowline yielded a recorded message stating that the ski area was closed for the season. The recording did not provide an opportunity to leave messages seeking comment.


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