Burns Family Sues Tour Company for Wrongful Death

Four-count suit claims wrongful death, negligence and willful and wanton conduct; seeks at least $300,000 in damages.


Former Lake Forest alderman Michael Burns has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a tour company in the death of his 16-year-old daughter last summer in Wyoming, according to a story in the Lake County News-Sun.

who would have been a junior at this past school year, was killed July 18 when she was struck by a 75-foot tree while setting up camp in Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness.

She was about 66 feet away from the base of the tree when it fell and struck her. She never regained consciousness, and the suspected cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, according to law enforcement authorities.

The four-count suit against Wilderness Ventures claims wrongful death, negligence and willful and wanton conduct, and seeks at least $300,000 in damages.

The incident took place at the campsite about 50 miles northeast of Jackson Hole. Rescuers flew to the site in a helicopter, but Ellie Burns was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:35 p.m.

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Jennifer McKenzie June 01, 2012 at 07:20 PM
That poor girl... my sympathies to her family. What a shock and what a tragedy...


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