A ski accident which occurred last February, resulted in a conviction of reckless endangerment for one of the skiers. The victim of the collision, Bethany Vitt of Becksville, Ohio, had to be transported by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction after the Telluride accident.
The hitter, William Winship of Telluride, was sentenced Tuesday. Winship will serve two years of unsupervised probation, perform 60 hours of community service and pay Vitt more than $40,000 in restitution, according to the sentencing handed down by Telluride Municipal Judge David Westfall.
The accident occurred Feb. 26 of this year when Winship was skiing down Lookout, a blue intermediate run, quickly and possibly out of control. He struck Vitt and both suffered severe injuries.
Winship could have been charged with felony assault, but in consideration of Winship’s own serious injuries and his willingness to enter a plea agreement, the prosecutor instead pursued the misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge.
Vitt, who was 31 at the time of the accident, offered forgiveness for Winship, but still emphasized the importance of consequences for his actions. Vitt underwent several surgeries, broke nine bones, and spent a month in the hospital and several more in rehabilitation centers relearning how to walk and other basic physical functions.
Winship, who was 26 at the time of the accident, offered his apologies when it was his turn to address the court. He recently underwent knee surgery related to the accident.