Kent v. City of Columbia FallsAnnotate this Case
Casey Kent, an adult, died from a head injury he suffered after falling while skateboarding in a residential planned unit development in Columbia Falls, Montana known as Cedar Point Estates. Casey was skateboarding along a paved walking path within the subdivision, and at the bottom of a twenty-four percent decline in the path, Casey fell and suffered his fatal head injury. Sara Kent, Casey’s widow, filed suit against the City of Columbia Falls and other entities involved in designing, developing, and constructing the development, alleging that the steepness of the path grade caused Casey’s fall and injury. Sara ultimately settled with all defendants except the City. The district court granted the City’s motions for summary judgment. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the district court erred in barring Sara’s claims on the basis of the public duty doctrine. Remanded for a trial on the merits.