Saturday, January 10, 2009

Indiana Girl Dies in Ski Accident at Treetops

Amanda Vignere
Amanda Vignere (courtesy photo)
from a news release of 9 & 10 News

Sixteen-year-old Amanda Vignere died in a ski accident Thursday at Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Michigan. She was skiing with friends from a church youth group of Cedar Lake, Indiana.

Police say that the novice skier was attempting an advanced-level slope. She lost control and struck her head on a tree as she slid into a wooden barrier. Amanda was not wearing a helmet. Michigan does not require their use.

Helmets can help in situations like this, but they are not a guarantee of safety. Skiing is an inherently dangerous sport, and it is the responsibility of the skier to make good decisions which will minimize risk.

The Michigan State Police were called to the scene. Vegnere was transported to the hospital where she died. An autopsy was performed Friday.

Treetops General Manager Mike Fernandez said, "Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to the family of this young lady involved last night."

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Stacey Kimmel-Smith said...

So sad -- kids think they're immortal sometimes and it's up to parents and the adult world to protect them. Condolences to the family.

Anonymous said...

This is to stacy: not all kids think they are immortal. Amanda was the sweetest kindest girl I've ever met, and she never in the least thought she was immortal. God saw it fit to take her home. She was my girlfriend of three years.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Thank you for your comments, both of you. News is so impersonal, yet it needs to be told. Thank you for bringing a personal note to this information.

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