Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ski Penalty a Call Against Recklessness.(Editorial Page)


When a driver gets behind a wheel drunk or handles a vehicle recklessly, it's unlikely he intends to kill or injure others on the road. But if he does, he is held responsible and often pays the price by losing his freedom.

When 21-year-old Nathan Hall of California skied extremely fast in poor conditions at Vail Mountain resort in 1997, he hadn't intended to hurt anyone either. But he collided with another skier, Alan Cobb, 33, of Denver, who suffered fatal head injuries.

This past week, Hall was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to perform 240 hours of public service for negligent homicide in Cobb's death. He is also barred from drinking alcohol as part of a probationary term. …

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