Pitkin County Authorities Investigate Deadly Ski Collision
KREX News Room
ASPEN, Colo. Investigators in Aspen are trying to figure out how a collision between two female skiers turned deadly.
According to our sister station KCNC, the collision happened Monday, just 15 minutes before Aspen closed the ski runs for the day.
Natalie Egelston, 48, from Pennsylvania, was struck and killed during the collision that happened on Spar Gulch run.
Despite the fact that both women were wearing helmets, Egelston was unresponsive immediately when ski patrol reached her. She was pronounced dead at the hospital and her cause of death was traumatic brain injury.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the speed of the unnamed skier and how the collision happened.
According to the Colorado Skier Safety Act, the person higher up on the hill has the responsibility to avoid people below and if something happens that skier or boarder is at fault.
Officials say the skier who caused the collision could face a hefty civil lawsuit even though she obeyed the Skier Safety Act by staying at the scene of the collision.