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California girl dies in Sierra ski accident near Tahoe

Tuesday, December 2, 2003

(12-02) 07:31 PST (AP) --

REGIONAL ED: Attribute to nvren

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) -- A 13-year-old California girl died from injuries she suffered in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe, the first fatality of the new ski season in the Sierra.

Bridgette Clement of Millbrae died Sunday from head and neck injuries she suffered when she hit a tree Friday on an intermediate run at Alpine Meadows, Washoe County Coroner Vernon McCarty said.

She was wearing a helmet, said Rachael Woods, spokeswoman for the ski resort on Highway 89 near Tahoe City.

Clement was skiing with friends the day after Thanksgiving, a clear, sunny day, down a groomed track called the Weasel Run, Woods said.

Ski resort officials were investigating the accident and reviewing statements collected from several witnesses, she told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

James Huston, 19, a snowboarder from Washoe City, Nev., said he was standing on the slope with some friends scoping out a jump when Clement flew by and hit one of several trees located in the middle of the run.

Huston said he didn't see Clement before she came by him, since they were facing the other direction, so he was not sure if she was out of control.

"Judging by how hard she hit and the sound it made she was going pretty fast," Huston said. "We assessed the situation, and I went down and got the ski patrol while the other guy stayed with her to do CPR."

Woods said she did not know the level of Clement's ski experience. Clement was airlifted by Care Flight to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev., where she died, Woods said.

"It's just devastating, absolutely devastating," Woods said. "This is a case where something that is supposed to be fun turns into an absolute nightmare.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family."

During last year's ski season, at least two people skiing on Tahoe-area slopes died of head injuries.
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Gosh, that's really sad. I hope her family will be ok.
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Isn't that how Sonny Bono died?
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Originally posted by Brokedown Palace:
Isn't that how Sonny Bono died?
Hillary Clinton had Sonny Bono killed. They dumped the body near a tree and made it look like an accident as a cover up.
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Sony Bono and Michael Kennedy both died that way. The difference with the Kenedy guy was that he was doing an extremely stupid thing that anybody else would have gotten a Darwin Award for. Sorry if this sounds cold, but it's true. I believe that they were playing some kind of football on skis. Kennedy was paying more attention to the game than his skiing and as a result, ran into a tree. He was looking over his shoulder trying to pass the ball, and hit a tree. He was not wearing a helmet. Sorry to hijack the thread. My prayers go out to the Family of the girl who died.

[ December 08, 2003, 08:53 PM: Message edited by: Zacman1987 ]
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this is very sad news indeed i saw a 12 year old girl that was airlifted out of alpine meadows over thanksgiving break and had hoped she would be fine... some would say that this is an inherent risk of skiing and speed but nonetheless it is a tragedy especially young ones. godspeed
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