Michigan Family Appeals Dismissal of Sledding Death Lawsuit

March 28, 2012

The Michigan family of an 11-year-old boy who died after a 2009 sledding accident is appealing a decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed following his death.

The Grand Haven Tribune reports the family of Chance Nash of Nunica sued the Duncan Park Commission, saying the commission’s negligence was responsible for the accident and his death. The child hit an obstruction while sledding in Duncan Memorial Park on Dec. 31, 2009.

The lawsuit was dismissed earlier this year, with a judge ruling that the Duncan Park Commission was immune. The family’s lawyer John Tallman says an appeal was filed Friday.

Park officials have said that Duncan Memorial Park is a “passive park” that is required to be left in its natural state, except for cleared trails and roadways.

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