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No Charges Against Snowboarders Who Triggered Avalanche

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Missoula County Attorney, Fred Van Valkenburg, announced today that his office will not file any charges against anyone in connection with the avalanche that occurred on Mount Jumbo on February 28.

According to Van Valkenburg, the police investigation into the incident did not indicate that there was any evidence of criminal intent or even criminal negligence on the part of four men who were snowboarding on Mount Jumbo at the time the avalanche occurred.

Van Valkenburg said that his review of the incident centered on whether there was sufficient evidence to charge anyone with negligent homicide in relation to the death of Michel Colville or a serious misdemeanor such as negligent endangerment in relation to the injuries suffered by Fred Allendorf and Phoenix Coles-Scoburn, the eight-year-old boy who was also buried by the avalanche.

"In order to prove criminal negligence, there would have to have been some significant facts establishing gross negligence or a conscious disregard for the lives of others. In this case, there was no such evidence," Van Valkenburg said. He further added that the police informed him that Allendorf and Erin Scoles, the mother of the eight-year-old, had told them that they had no objection to the recommendation to not file any charges.

 

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