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On January 1, 2019, a man identified as 63-year-old Michael Rueckert of Utah, died after a ski accident at Brighton Ski Resort. He was skiing around a bend when he almost hit another skier who had stopped. In efforts to avoid a collision, the 63-year-old maneuvered around the person, lost control and hit a tree.

Members of Brighton’s ski patrol and paramedics administered first aid to Rueckert but were unable to revive him. The man was pronounced dead at the resort.