Man still critical after sledding accident
March 17, 2016
Steamboat Springs — The 25-year-old man involved in a sledding accident early Saturday morning at Howelsen Hill remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon, but family members were telling friends in Steamboat that John “Nelson” Kane was improving.
Kane was with four others when he used a snow pad that protects snow sprinklers to slide down the landing area of the HS100 jump hill just before 3 a.m. Saturday while the park was closed.
Kane collided with a snowcat that was unoccupied and parked in the area.
He was flown to Denver Health for treatment.
Kane is a Steamboat native and 2009 Steamboat Springs High School graduate. He was a ski racer in Steamboat and studied at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He currently works as an engineer for an aerospace company.
Police believe Kane had been drinking the night of the after-hours crash.
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Police Chief Cory Christensen said the four people Kane was with were cited in municipal court for trespassing. Kane has not been cited.
“We’re really more concerned with the welfare of him than giving him a ticket,” Christensen said. “Mistakes happen, and we understand that, and we hope he gets better.”