The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Feb. 26 collision on the Telluride Ski Area’s intermediate-level Lookout Run that sent two via Flight-for-Life to St. Mary’s Hospital, in Grand Junction.
SMSO deputies launched their investigation Thursday, to determine if “criminal misconduct” led to Wednesday’s collision at approximately 2 p.m.
“Two skiers were seriously injured in the collision,” the SMSO press release says Telluride Ski and Golf Co. officials told deputies, in which 30-year-old Bethany Vitt, of Becksville, Ohio, “was reportedly struck by 26 year-old William Winship, of Telluride, according to the SMSO release. “Vitt sustained multiple traumatic injuries, and after initially being transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose, she was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, according to Telski. Winship also received substantial traumatic injuries and was transported by aircraft to St. Mary’s Hospital.”
Sheriff Bill Masters said reckless skiing may have been a contributing factor in the collision; weather and visibility are not thought to be factors.
SMSO deputies are gathering witness statements and working with Telluride Ski Patrol accident investigators to determine if criminal charges will be pursued, as part of the ongoing investigation.