Young boy seriously hurt at Wilson Park hill

CREATED Feb. 10, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The hill at Wilson Park is promoted as one that's great for sledding on Milwaukee County's website.
 
But, an accident there over the weekend has a mother concerned about the hill's safety.
 
"My husband said you have to get here right away," Carrie Cianciola says. "He's not responding."
 
Ten-year-old Eli Cianciola now lies in intensive care at Children's Hospital in Wauwatosa. He's suffered fractures to the back of his head and bleeding on his brain. 
 
"We dont know neurologically, how he's going to be," Carrie says.
 
The 5th grader was sledding with a friend and the friend's dad at Wilson Park when their last run of the night took a dangerous turn.
 
"His father was screaming into the phone that Eli hit a tree and he was unresponsive and bleeding from the nose," Carrie says.
 
"[He told us] just to get there as soon as we could."
 
Eli's mom tells TODAY'S TMJ4 it was his first time ever sledding.
 
"My concern is the hill is not set up correctly," Carrie says. "It's not safe."
 
Carrie Cianciola wanted to share Eli's story, hoping to spare another mother the agony she feels.
 
"There should have been a fence there, hay bails, there should have been something protecting the sledders from potentially crashing into a tree," Carrie says.
 
TODAY'S TMJ4 tried to reach the interim director of Milwaukee County Parks and sent emails to several department heads. No one responded.
 
On the county website, sledding safety guidelines include a helmet for kids under 12 and parental supervision. Eli was supervised, but Carrie believes the trees simply shouldn't be anywhere near a county-run hill with children on sleds.
 
"There's potential danger for someone to be seriously injured and I feel someone needs to take care of this issue," Carrie says.