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Snowboard accident lands Foothill grad in intensive care

Original post made on Feb 21, 2011

A snowboard jump at Northstar-at-Tahoe last Sunday landed Foothill High grad Eric Cavalli, 18, in Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, undergoing emergency surgery for a torn aorta.

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Posted by skier too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2011 at 7:35 am

A shame that this young man has suffered this way. A point to note, however, a little common sense and restraint would have prevented it. Snowboarders go too fast and are often more than a little reckless. Every year I read about skiers injured or killed by out of control boarders.

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Posted by Really?
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

Really, skier??? Nice time to comment on snowboarders and suggest that this young man wasn't using common sense and restraint. Super classy. I'm a skier too and there are reckless people in both sports, just show some compassion, please...this kid is hospitalized...sheesh.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

I agree with "skier too" - snow boarding may be fun, but a lot of the people who snow board go fast and many lose control. I avoid slopes with too many snow boarders. Skiers can lose conrol too, but not as much as snow boarders. Skiing takes more skill but once you are good at it, you seldom lose control even in the black hills.

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Posted by Holy Cow
a resident of California Reflections
on Feb 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

So what ever happened to "it was an accident" so "Skier" if you get into an accident I am just going to assume you were reckless. So would you say every person on the slopes if they get into an accident is automatically known to be reckless. I hope you never get into an accident so I can't blame you for being an idiot.

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Posted by Mom of 4
a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

It is always unfortunate when young people are injured while living as young people should. I worked hard to keep my kids safe but they always told me they would not want to live in a bubble. But by the grace of god go many of us.
Our families thoughts and prayers are with Eric's family as we wish him a full recovery.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

I agree with "Really?" young man is in the hospital and accidents happen....remember sonny bono! Lighten up people and pray for some recovery for this young man!!!!!

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Posted by nicoline
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Feb 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Doesnt matter if you ski, snowboard, or sled. We all are given a gift of life that should not be taken so recklessly. This should be an eye opener for him and others around him that extreme sports may lead to critical injury.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

completely agree with "Nicoline"
Truly hope he recovers swiftly.

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Posted by A Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

This boy suffered a terrible accident doing a sport he probably loved. It is just accident. Was he reckless? Certainly none of the posters here know that unless they were actually with him. Most sports can be dangerous and accidents will happen. Let's just stop being cruel and just wish this boy a speedy recovery and keep him in our prayers.

My prayers are with you Eric for a speedy recovery!

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Having some experience with this....people need to find fault somewhere. It's human nature..a very sad part of human nature. What alot of people are lacking is compassion. I agree with the comment "it is by the grace of God" that we are safe living our ordinary lives. We do not know what event or moment can change our lives forever. Unfortunately, until a person has to experience a personal loss for themselves..only until then, most cannot understand. It is sad to read some of these comments. May God bless you all and keep you safe. God Bless Eric

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Posted by FoothillGrad06
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Some of these comments really sicken and (Word removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) me off! I am a personal friend of this young mans family and for some of you people to call him reckless and irresponsible is shameless!! I can't believe you are blaming this kind of accident on him. FYI snowboarders go off jumps and obviously he took a bad spill. And in case you didnt read the article he is suffering life threatening injuries!! Shame on you for blaming this on him how would you feel if this was someone close to you!!?? I'm just shocked at how rude people can be when this young man is suffering, its gross and you should be ashamed of yourselves!! All I wish is that Eric makes a full recovery and doesnt see these rude comments!!

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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

No matter how the accident happened, the young man was very lucky to make it to the hospital. With a torn aorta he could have died instantly. Accidents do happen even when we think we are being careful. All of us are at risk, every minute of every day. Going to bed and waking up the next day could be considered a meracle. My prayers are with him and his family.

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Posted by Carlos
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

Skier, Nicoline, and others, you must be proud of yourselves for being so ready to chastise someone following a catastrophic injury. Were you observing him being reckless at the time of the accident? There is calculated risk in most activities involving speed. Shall we also generalize about people who motorcycle, ride horses, skateboard, surf, etc.? Your generalizations about snowboarders and extreme sports are simply flaunting your ignorance. Keep your shameless comments to yourself.

To Eric's family, our family sends our thoughts and prayers your way, looking forward to his speedy recovery.

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Posted by Foothill Mom
a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Why always the need for venom? Why always the need to assign blame and preach? In the face of tragedy all we should be offering is our heartfelt hope that this young man will be better soon, or nothing at all. Just my opinion, I know...

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Eric, I wish you a speedy recovery. You may have a long road ahead of you, but it sounds like you have a supportive family & friends to help you. I hope that someday you recover enough to hit that slope again!

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Feb 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

I met this young man during Christmas break through my daughter. He was very polite and sweet and has so much going for him. I am praying he makes a full recovery soon. Accidents do happen all the time, an angel was looking out for him that day and saved his life.

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Posted by Donna
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
On the other note, another Pleasanton resident, Danny, while only gliding down the mountain at Bear Valley, (Christmas), at a VERY normal speed, nothing outrages,just over rotated at the stop and had a SPIRAL fracture in his leg. A long ambulance ride to Sonora Regional Med Center and surgery a put his leg back together with a lifelong reminder of that day. Just a pure ACCIDENT, it doesn't have to be reckless to get hurt, it's the nature of the sport, a risk taken when you strap on the equipment. (notice I didn't specify ski's or snowboard)
I'm hopeful that BOTH boys recover completely and our medical miracles can make them whole again.

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Posted by Foothill Dad
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thank goodness for the (apparent) swift and professional medical attention this young man received in his time of need. We should all pray for his speedy recovery and I hope he's back soon doing the things he loves. Life and good health are precious.

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Posted by Malaye
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Why do kids think they are indestructible? so sad.

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Posted by indestructiblekid
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm


It's comments like yours, that give the city of Pleasanton a reputation of being very wealthy but with residents who are ignorant and lack in common sense. Honestly people, I wonder how some of you even tie your shoes in the morning. I hope you have a speedy recovery Eric and you are in all of our thoughts and prayers!

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Posted by Stephanie
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Feb 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

Havent you realized, the Pleasanton Weekly Website is FULL of venom and people constantly trying to blame others.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

You're right, Stephanie--it's full of venom. And it's all your fault.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

May you have a rapid recovery Eric. Our wishes are with you and your family. Keep enjoying the things in life that make you happy, snowboarding included.

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Posted by KC
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

Prayers for Eric and to his family....does it really have to be an argument about everything on this site? Accidents happen. Support the family. Support this young man while he is in the hospital. and why would you even want to start the whole skiers against snowboarders thing? how stupid & inconsiderate.

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Posted by reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

Yes, he may have been testing the limits; yes, it was an accident; yes, young people feel invicible and take more risks than older folks do. Every generation does this; it is human nature. If everyone did nothing but sit quivering on the sidelines where would the world be? I wish this young man a safe recovery and that he does not lose his confidence and enthusiasm for life through this experience! From everything I see in the posts he has much to live for and contribute, and his family is in my prayers.

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Posted by MomO2
a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

So thankful emergency crews got this nice young man off the mountain given the state of his injuries. Our best thoughts, prayers and wishes for a speedy and full recovery to Eric and his family.

This is a time for compassion in our little community of character, not sniping.

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Posted by just saying...
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I think a lot of you have too much time on your hands. Occasionally I will "tune in" here and read comments on any given subject.

I am appalled at the amount of negativism found in this forum. It's a sad day when people get their kicks out of demeaning or second guessing the actions of others.

I have lived in P-Town over 40 years and always thought that it was a wonderful family community... until I started reading these opinions coming anonomously and from behind closed doors.

This should be a place of support and fact finding... not one of opinions made without a shred of evidence or any knowledge whatsoever of the people they are criticizing.

Shame on you!

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Posted by was there
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

My son was with Eric when it happened. It was an accident plain and simple. Since none of your were there you should keep your mouths shut and your opinions to yourselves. I hope that your child never has an unfortunate accident and you have to read all this garbage about your childs misfortune.

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Posted by inprayers
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

for the people who are blaming him for his accident is completely ruthless. Its called an accident, and he suffered LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. so if your really going to be harsh like that towards eric, you are brutal. so i completely agree with what "was there" . Thank god eric is recovering. he'll continue to be in my prayers<3

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Posted by Friend of Eric
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

As a Pleasanton mom that has known Eric over 10 years, the Cavalli family are wonderful and compassionate people. Thank God Eric survived that jump, thank you to those that were with him and helped him, and there are SO MANY wonderful friends helping them through this now. And we will continue to help them once they are back home! Have some compassion people.

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Posted by in my thoughts
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

There are risks involved in everything we do in life. Those of you who commented saying he was being reckless and irresponsible are making accusations based on a clear bias. would you have changed your arguments had this been a skier rather than a snowboarder just because you to are a skier? Like "Mom of 4" said, we can not live our lives in a bubble. We take the risk of something happening everyday we get in a car or just go outside. Accidents happen, and until you realize that you will continue trying to find the blame. It is human nature to find the reasoning behind why things happen to people, but do not make false accusations about someone. Had this been your friend I am sure you would have been putting the blame somewhere else.

Hoping for a speedy recovery Eric, you are doing tremendously, hang in there and only keep the positive thoughts in mind.

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Posted by john
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

it is not negativity when one points out that there is a risk in extreme sports. It is the truth to anything we do, there is a risk. 10 years ago i fell from a jump and am now paralyzed from the waist down. I did not do anything i was not supposed to, it just happened.I snowboarded all my life and with one bad jump, i am left with dead legs. Do not be hurt by others concerned for the risk of this sport. We put on our snowboard knowing the risk and i would not take any of my snowboarding days back. It is a true miracle you survived. god bless you, Eric.

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