Originally Posted by cjb
On January 24th I was skiing at Solitude and witnessed a skier lose control and fall into a stand of trees. As his friend tended to him I went to get the ski patrol. It took them about 45 minutes to move him to the bottom of the mountain and into an ambulance. They wanted to take him in a helicopter but there was a severe inversion in Salt Lake making it impossible to fly in and out. I emailed Solitude about his condition and learned that he died two days after the accident. He was not wearing a helmet and apparently suffered severe head trauma.
I tried to find something in the papers about this incident but was unsuccessful. Are ski resorts required to inform any agencies about fatal accidents that occur on their slopes?
If someone died and the police came, there is a report somewhere. It is very unlikely the police did not come because they nearly always accompany serious EMS calls to assist. As a long-time newspaper journalist, I can assure you that there are in facts thousands of non-natural causes deaths around the country that don't get reported for a variety of reasons, but never (in my experience) as some kind of "cover-up." Since this death was not from natural causes, it probably was also handled by the county's medical examiner, and that means another public report, but not necessarily filed with the police. As said above, it's up to the media to collect the info in almost all cases of government/media communication. The rare exceptions are things like public hearings or auctions, which have to be advertised by code. But while the local police don't have to forward information to the media, they do have to make it available when the media come around, except where it might hurt an ongoing investigation. That's how you get your local "blotter." Often, police and local reporters have a standing arrangement of trust whereby law enforcement regularly faxes "big" reports to the media. There are sometimes so many different policing agencies in a given area, that small newspapers with tiny staffs just can't keep up unless they've got such an arrangement and it's a quality one. Who knows what happened here? Many possible explanations. If I was a reporter here, I would just send a friendly email to:Jay Burke - Director of Mktg/Media Relations