An NYPD handwriting expert and West Brighton resident died over the weekend in a skiing accident in the Catskills. The victim died after striking an embankment at Windham Mountain Saturday morning.
The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Ski Windham Mountain Resort. The skier was skiing the Upper Warpath trail, an intermediate trail, when, according to eyewitnesses he “left the trail just above the Wall Street trail intersection.” He went through a culvert ditch and struck an embankment, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
It’s the second fatality on the Upper Warpath trail since January 2011, when an 18-year-old woman died after skiing into a tree, according to published reports. The victim’s wife is still trying to get information on the specifics of the accident, and voiced concern over the design of the trail, considering the earlier fatality. She describes her husband as an experienced skier.
A joint investigation into the fatal skiing accident was conducted by the Catskill Police Department and the Town of Windham at Ski Windham Mountain Resort. If it is found that the design or layout of the trail in some measure contributed to the accident, one can only hope that Windham will act in the public’s best interest and alter the trail before another death.