Hang gliding instructor sentenced in wrongful death

After a woman died in a hang gliding accident, a launch site operator “swallowed the memory card from his video camera affixed to the hang glider, for the purpose of destroying evidence,” the woman’s parents claimed in court.
Miguel Godinez and Helinda Ramirez claimed in British Columbia Supreme Court that their daughter, Lenami Godinez Avila, plunged 300 meters to her death after taking off for a tandem hang glider flight with defendant William Orders.
They also sued Hurlstone Ventures Inc., Shaun Wallace, Vancouver Hang Gliding, the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada, the British Columbia Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and the West Coast Soaring Club.
They claimed that Wallace and Orders failed to conduct pre-flight safety inspections to make sure Godinez was properly secured to the hang glider. After takeoff, she was unable to maintain her grip and fell to her death, before which she “experienced conscious pain, suffering, shock, and terror,” the complaint states.
The parents claimed that Orders then “swallowed the memory card from his video camera affixed to the hang glider, for the purpose of destroying evidence he knew or should have known was capable of incriminating the defendants … in a criminal and/or civil prosecution.” They are seeking special, punitive, and aggravated damages for breach of duty of care, negligence and wrongful death.
Orders was sentenced in February to five months in prison for criminal negligence causing death.