A case of trespass and poor decision making leads to tragedy.

February 09, 2016, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

In a tragic case this last weekend a group of teenaged boys did something that was likely something most teen boys would contemplate doing at one point or other given the opportunity. However, the adventure ended tragically for a pair of twin brothers, and badly for all of their friends involved.

The Calgary boys decided to trespass into a luge/bobsled track early Saturday morning to race their personal store bought toboggans down the bobsled park at Canada Olympic Park. Sadly a large gate was closed on the track at some distance down the track. When the boys hit the gate two brothers were left dead on the scene and 6 of the companions were injured. Emergency crews were called to the track following 911 calls of injured people on the closed track. One boy remains in critical conditions, the rest have soft tissue trauma and mental trauma from the event.

The owners of the facility which hosts world cup events regularly indicated they are cooperating fully with the police investigation by supplying the CCTV footage. All parties are in search of answers to how this happened and why. The president of the company Barry Heck said a review of the site will be conducted and that there is already robust security on the track and in the park. There are full time guards present. He hopes that the investigations will help them understand how this tragedy happened. He said that although people have trespassed on the property before, he has never heard of anyone using the sliding track after hours. 150

During public open hours people over the age of 8 can pay $35 to ride down the track solo in a luge or $150 to ride in a bobsled piloted by professional drivers. It’s 1.5 km long and the longest of its kind in the world. The speeds reached can be up to 100km/h on the bobsled track. The temptation to teens is obvious.

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