Neglect claimed in racer's death 0
TORONTO -- The family of Canadian ski-cross racer Nik Zoricic is demanding an independent investigation into the crash that killed the athlete during a race in Switzerland in March.
Zoricic's father Predrag (Bebe) Zoricic, mother Silvia Brudar and sister Katrina claim that a flawed course led to the "avoidable" tragedy.
The family and lawyer Tim Danson called on Alpine Canada and the Swissbased Federation Internationale De Ski on Wednesday to "commit to a col-l aborative process" that will "objectively evaluate" what went wrong when Zoricic, 29, crashed and died after making a jump.
They are also calling for support from both Sport Canada and the Swiss authorities. The family claims they have not been approached or consulted as to any investigation already launched or planned into Zoricic's death.
In terms of a lawsuit, Danson said the family is taking that legal option off the table in hopes that it will help launch an investigation.
He did not, however, rule out the possibility of one in the future should investigative action not be taken.
Zoricic, a member of the Craigleith Ski Club near Collingwood, was killed as he approached the finish line during a World Cup race in Grindelwald, Switzerland, on March 10.
After flying off the jump, Zoric i c veered to his right, fell, crashed into the fencing and then hit what appears to be a small snowbank before landing in a lifeless heap.
The family is alleging that several flaws in the course toward that finish line -- including an improperly placed jump.