Family plans lawsuit in Wash. state ice fatality

December 20, 2011 - 3:30 PM

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A law firm has announced a lawsuit in the death of a Washington state girl killed by huge chunk of falling ice in July 2010 at the Big Four Ice Caves, a popular hiking destination in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie (snoh-KWALM'-ee) National Forest.

The 11-year-old Marysville girl was on a family outing when a block of ice the size of a pickup truck broke loose and slid into where she was sitting with her mother, some distance from the caves.

The Daily Herald reports (http://is.gd/d1CrWE) the family said it heeded warning signs and stayed off the ice at the caves, east of Granite Falls.

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie spokesman Kelly Sprute (SPROO'-tee) says the forest doesn't comment on ongoing litigation.

The lawsuit is being handled by the Tacoma law firm of Messina Bulzomi Christensen. The firm announced the suit at a news conference Tuesday.