Craig Shirley, a 23 year old snowboarder slammed into Elise Johnson, 5, , on Christmas Eve at Hogadon Ski Area, killing them both. The girl was wearing a helmet.
The coroner’s office disclosed today both died from massive chest injuries, due to blunt force trauma.
Elise Johnson’s mother, Kelli Johnson 31, had stopped to help her daughter with her skis at the bottom of an advanced run. She suffered a head injury and was in stable condition at a Casper hospital, Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson said.
Jacobson said her research shows a double fatality from a ski collision is rare at best. “I can’t find any literature that shows where an accident between two skiers killed both; this is very unusual,” she said, according to Reuters.
All were experienced skiers, and Kelli is a member of the area’s ski patrol.