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New Jersey skier hits tree, dies in Park City

By Shara Park | Posted - Jan 22nd, 2013 @ 6:30pm



PARK CITY — A 67-year-old man from New Jersey was killed Monday after hitting a tree while skiing at Park City Mountain Resort.

William Kivet was skiing with a friend and making his first run of the day about 10:30 a.m., said Park City Police Sgt. Darwin Little. The two were on an expert black diamond run and going down the hill at a "moderate" pace, when witnesses said the victim appeared to lose control near the bottom.

Kivet went off the main run and hit a tree. Police say that he was unconscious and not breathing when the Ski Patrol arrived.

"They worked on him on the mountain, unable to resuscitate him there, took him down to base patrol continued to work on him at base patrol, called life flight in, unfortunately canceled life flight before they arrived because he was pronounced dead prior to that," said Park City Police Department Captain, Rick Ryan.

Park City police say Kivet was not wearing a helmet when he was skiing yesterday. His friend told police that he was an intermediate skier, and it didn't appear that he lost control before leaving the groomed run.

Police say they have one or two deaths from skiing accidents each year. They say is a reminder to ski and snowboard within your ability and to also wear the proper protective gear.

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