Teen Killed While Sledding on Closed Ski Slope

Another teen was injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 17, 2018 4:51 PM CST
A skier packs the car after a day at the Sunday River ski resort, Friday, March, 13, 2015 in Newry, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(Newser) – A teenage stunt in which two high school students sneaked onto a ski mountain in Maine for some illicit, late-night tubing ended in tragedy when the pair crashed into a tree, killing one and seriously injuring the other, the AP reports. The Sunday River ski mountain was closed and off limits when the crash was reported at 2 a.m. Wednesday by a third person who was not on the inflatable tube, Oxford County Chief Deputy Hart Daley said Wednesday. Portsmouth High School Principal Mary Lyons confirmed that a senior, 18-year-old David Kohlhase, died in the crash and that another student was hospitalized. The others weren't identified.

The crash happened on the Tempest Trail, part of which is rated for expert skiers and part of which is rated for intermediate skiers, said Sunday River spokesperson Darcy Lambert. The trail is steeper than most sledding hills. The teenage trio is presumed to have hiked up from a condominium long after the resort closed and the chairlifts stopped running, Lambert said. Sledding is never allowed on ski trails, and only mechanized grooming equipment is allowed on trails so late at night. Lyons described Kohlhase as "a beloved member of our school community." Daley said an investigation was continuing. When asked whether alcohol was a factor, he said: "It could be weeks before we receive lab results, but when we do, that information will be released."

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