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Woman sues Olympic Park

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A California woman who claims she and her daughter were seriously injured riding the Quicksilver Alpine Slide at Utah Olympic Park has sued the Utah Athletic Foundation and several other unnamed defendants.

Seconds after the toboggan she was riding in with her daughter stalled on the metal track July 21, 2007, plaintiff Naomi Estolas claims a separate toboggan driven by a Utah Olympic Park employee rear ended her on the track.

"As amusement ride operators, defendants had a duty to exercise the care that reasonably prudent persons would exercise under the circumstances commensurate with the dangers and risks created by the ride," an eight-page complaint Estolas filed against the Utah Athletic Foundation states.

Estolas claims she rode seated at the rear of the toboggan with her daughter between her legs as was suggested by Utah Olympic Park staff, the lawsuit filed July 16 states.

"Naomi and [her daughter] began the ride as instructed by defendants," the complaint states. "During the ride, they came to a stop and were stuck."

Park officials have failed to operate the ride, which resembles a luge or bobsled, with "adequate safety precautions," said attorney Susan Strauss, who represents the plaintiffs in the case.

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"We have been attempting to settle this matter, but since we have received no settlement offer we were left with no choice but to file suit to avoid statute of limitations issues," Strauss said when reached Thursday by The Park Record.

Estolas claims she has lost earnings because the permanent injury from the accident left her unable to work at her normal job. The complaint does not specify the amount of general, special and punitive damages the lawsuit seeks.

A spokeswoman for the Utah Olympic Park did not comment about the case when reached Wednesday by The Park Record.

"We have not been served yet," spokeswoman Jennifer Clarke said.