Boy, 7, dies after snowmobile crash at local ski resortMike Martindale / The Detroit NewsROYAL OAK
-- A 7-year-old Bloomfield Township boy died Monday from injuries he suffered when he was hit by a snowmobile over the weekend at Alpine Valley Ski Resort in White Lake Township.
White Lake Township Police Lt. Edward Harris said the boy's death and the incident, which occurred while the boy was skiing around 3 p.m. Saturday, remain under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Harris would not release the boy's name because interviews were still being done, including with the boy's relatives who were also at Alpine at the time of the accident.
"At this point it remains a death under investigation," said Harris. "Preliminary findings are that it was an accident, but once all the interviews are done it will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office for consideration for possible criminal charges. It appears just a tragic, tragic accident."
Harris said a 60-year-old Waterford Township man who is a member of Alpine's ski patrol was driving a snowmobile on one of the resort's slopes in response to another injured skier when the vehicle struck the boy, who was taking skiing lessons.
"It appears the snowmobile driver was trying to stop but couldn't," Harris said." The man was really devastated over what happened and had to be taken to a hospital himself he was so upset."
The boy was rushed to Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital and then transferred to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital where he died, Harris said.
Harris stressed that alcohol was not involved in the accident. He said investigators are also trying to determine if high winds, which caused temporary whiteouts at times Saturday afternoon, may have played a factor in the collision.
It was the second death involving a youth on Alpine's slope in just over a year.
On December 22, 2005, a 12-year-old Highland Township boy died after suffering head injuries in a fall while snowboarding at the Alpine resort.You can reach Mike Martindale at (248) 647-7226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.