Complaint filed against Gwyneth Paltrow for hit-and-run ski accident at Deer Valley

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Gwyneth Paltrow in January 201669829803-159532

DEER VALLEY, Utah (ABC4 News) A complaint was filed in Third District Court Tuesday alleging Gwyneth Paltrow was involved in a hit-and-run collision with another skier at Deer Valley in 2016. 

According to the complaint filed by attorney Robert Sykes, his client Dr. Terry Sanderson was hit by Paltrow as she “skied out of control” and hit Sanderson in the back on Feb 26, 2016.

The document further states Paltrow landed on top of him, knocking him out and then left the scene of the crash.

Sanderson said he was headed downhill when he was hit hard. He claims the collision caused a brain injury, four broken ribs, and other serious injuries.

A Deer Valley ski instructor, who had been training Paltrow, but who did not see the crash, helped Sanderson but has since claimed Sanderson caused the crash.

Neither Paltrow or any Deer Valley lodge personnel or the ski instructor notified emergency responders about the injured skier and left him at the scene with serious injuries. 

Sykes said the ski instructor, Eric Christiansen, later filled out and signed an incident report falsely stating that Gwyneth Paltrow did not cause the crash even though Christiansen did not see the crash.  

Gwyneth Paltrow, Eric Christiansen, Deer Valley Resort Company LLC, and two additional employees who were with Paltrow on the day of the incident were all listed in the complaint. 

The complaint further states Paltrow would have known that skiing out of control and too fast for her ability is wrong and that a downhill skier almost always has the right of way.

Sanderson is seeking more than $3 million in damages. 

You can read a copy of the full complaint here

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