STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — A man charged with manslaughter for a skiing collision that killed an 11-year-old girl in February has pleaded no contest to a reduced charge and is expected to receive a month in jail.
Howard Hidle, 31, of North Richland Hills, Tex., entered the plea to criminally negligent homicide Wednesday in the death of Kari Meylor, 11, of Sioux City, Iowa. She was struck by Hidle's skis at the Winter Park ski area.
Hidle was skiing out of control when he hit Meylor, a witness said.
Under a proposed plea bargain, Hidle would get a month in jail, two months under house arrest and four years of probation and would be required to pay $15,000 to the child's family. Judge Richard Doucette tentatively accepted the plea and set sentencing for July 21.