Coroner Says Teen Died After Falling From Ski Chairlift At Ski Resort In Poconos
A 17-year-old boy died after falling from a ski chairlift at Blue Mountain Resort in Carbon County, authorities said Wednesday.
He was identified as Connor Golembiewski of Flemington, N.J., Carbon County Coroner Robert Miller Jr. said.
Golembiewski died Tuesday from multiple blunt force trauma from the fall from the lift, and his death was ruled accidental, Miller said.
State police are investigating whether the lap bar on the lift was up or down, Miller said.
A spokesperson for the Lower Towamensing Township resort could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Golembiewski played hockey with the New Jersey Renegades in the Eastern Hockey League Premier, a junior league with teams in the eastern United States.
On a Facebook post Wednesday, the team offered its condolences to Golembiewski’s family, describing him as “a loyal, hardworking, respectful player that gave his all every time he came to the rink.”
“The NJ Renegades mourn the tragic loss of one of their players, Connor Golembiewski, who passed away tragically on New Years Day in a skiing accident,” the team said. “Connor was a Renegade starting at the age of 9 playing squirts thru bantams with the Renegades.”
Cliff Graziano, one of the team’s coaches, posted on Facebook that he coached the teen since he first started playing with the team.
“I often tell my players that I’m their coach and we’ll be friends when they are done playing for me,” he wrote. “Yesterday I lost a friend. This is incredibly difficult to accept and understand.
“To his parents Mike & Veronica and their family, I and all of Renegade Nation is here for you for anything you need.”
The junior hockey league also offered its support and sympathy to Golembiewski’s family and team.
“The EHLP is truly saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Connor Golembiewski. Along with the New Jersey Renegades, the EHLP would like to wish our deepest sympathies to the Golembiewski family during this difficult time. Connor will be truly missed,” the tweet states.
Tricia Matsko, a spokeswoman for the resort, said Tuesday that the accident occurred about 11:30 a.m. and is under investigation. She declined to discuss how the boy was injured.
Twenty-three trails and seven lifts at Blue Mountain are open so far this season, according to the resort’s website.
Across the United States in the last decade, an average of 38 people a year die in ski-slope accidents, according to the National Ski Areas Association, an industry group. There were 37 fatalities in the 2017-18 season, the majority caused by collisions with other skiers, trees or lift towers, the association said.
Last year, Blue Mountain Resort was the site of two fatal accidents.
Grygoriy Sologub, 53, of Philadelphia died Jan. 21 after another skier ran into him on a slope, authorities said.
On March 15, 20-year-old Euna Shin of Piscataway, N.J., was pronounced dead one day after she suffered head injuries from a fall while snowboarding, authorities said.
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