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Posted on: January 22, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Sledding Accident Claims the Life of a Seventeen Year-Old Male

Flagstaff, AZ - A seventeen year-old male of Tempe, Arizona was pronounced deceased at the Flagstaff Medical Center. The teen was injured during a snow play, sledding accident on Monday in the area of the Mountainaire which is located south of Flagstaff off of Highway I-17.

On Monday, January 21, 2013 at about 12:08 pm the Highlands Fire Department received a report of a young man who was injured during a sledding accident on a hill in the area of Forest Service Road 707. Firefighter/Paramedics provided first responder medical care to the victim who was transported by Guardian Medical ground transport to the Flagstaff Medical Center where he received additional medical care including surgery. A physician at the Flagstaff Medical Center pronounced the victim deceased late Monday afternoon.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives learned that the young man had traveled to Flagstaff on Sunday with eleven of his high school classmates and two of their parents. The group spent the night at a local motel. On Monday the group traveled to the Mountainaire area where they engaged in various snow play activities on a hill that showed signs of frequent and recent snow play. Although the snow was firmly packed and the down slope of the hill was conducive to sledding, the area had not received any intentional or professional improvements.

Prior to the accident, the victim who was seated first on a plastic sled with one additional occupant seated behind him descended from the top of the hill. For an unknown reason, the occupants lost control of the sled causing it to strike a tree at a significant velocity. The victim took the brunt of the impact and suffered multiple and serious external and internal injuries consistent with blunt force trauma. The other person on the sled sustained minor injuries.

This investigation will be continued by Coconino County Sheriff’s Detectives and personnel of the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, PIO, 928-226-5089

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