Skier dies after collision at Winter Park Resort
April 11, 2011
WINTER PARK – An 11-year-old from Johnscreek, Ga., died at Winter Park Resort on Friday, April 8, after colliding with two other skiers.
Tyler Safarriyeh was skiing on the last day of a five-day ski trip with three families from Georgia, according to Police Chief Glen Trainor of the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department.
The boy was skiing on White Rabbit, an intermediate trail, ahead of a group of nine people at around 2:45 p.m., Trainor said, when he collided with the tethers of a National Sports Centered for the Disabled instructor and student. The NSCD student was a quadruple amputee on a bi-ski.
The force of the collision dislocated the instructor’s shoulder and fractured the instructor’s wrist, Trainor said.
Safarriyeh, who was wearing a helmet, suffered multiple blunt neck and chest injuries, according to a statement from the Grand County Coroner’s office. Trainor said the boy severed his spine around the C3 vertebrae.
Witnesses said the young man was skiing fast, Trainor added.
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Resort ski patrollers performed CPR while transporting the skier to Denver Health East Grand Community Clinic and Emergency Center at the base of Winter Park Resort, according to Winter Park Resort Communications Manager Mistalynn Lee. A doctor from Denver Health met the patrollers mid-transport to provide aid. Upon arrival at the clinic, doctors continued their efforts to revive Safarriyeh, but he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:50 p.m.
“Winter Park Resort extends their deepest sympathies to the family and friends. This was a tragic accident that has touched us all,” Lee said.
During a conversation with the family, Trainor learned that the young man was within several hours of the end of his vacation.
– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.