Judge rules against man who sued rafting company after mother died on Arkansas River trip


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PUEBLO, Colorado — A judge has ruled against a man who sued a rafting company after his mother drowned during a trip on the Arkansas River.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/1vD2Qro ) Jesus Espinoza Jr. sued Arkansas Valley Adventures seeking monetary damages. His mother, Sue Ann Apolinar, of San Antonio, died after she was thrown from the raft twice on June 7, 2011.

Chief U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger determined Apolinar released the company from liability by signing an agreement in which she assumed the risks involved in the trip. The judge said an investigation found that "all required safety equipment was on the trip, all equipment was in serviceable condition, and all of the guides were qualified."

Espinoza's lawsuit claimed the company misrepresented the danger level of one of the rapids in Browns Canyon.

Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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