January 1, 1998 |
Michael Kennedy, the troubled 39-year-old son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, died New Year's Eve in a skiing accident at the posh Colorado mountain resort of Aspen. Kennedy had been skiing in clear, mild weather about 4:15 p.m. MST with several members of his family when he smashed into a tree, Pitkin County sheriff's authorities said.
April 30, 1997 |
A ski resort employee involved in a deadly collision on the slopes of Vail faces criminal charges in a beginner skier's death. Nathan Hall, 18, a ski racer in high school, had just finished work as a lift operator April 20 and was headed down one of the mountain's main slopes when he collided with Alan Cobb, 33, who was working his way down the intermediate trail with his fiancee. It was Cobb's fourth time on skis.
November 5, 1996 |
Five men who sat in their cars in a Leadville, Colo., garage, drinking beer and listening to music while the engine was running, were killed by carbon monoxide fumes, police said. The men probably started one of the cars to stay warm, police said. The men were identified as Oscar Castillo, 19; Eleasar Castillo, 18; Cutberto Gurrola, 20; Jesus Castillo, 21; and Sergio Vega, 22.
October 7, 1993 |
A 38-year-old man amputated his own leg and crawled to his car to reach help after he was trapped under a boulder in the mountains, hospital authorities said Wednesday. William Jeracki took the desperate action to save his life and then dragged himself a half mile to his car and drove for help. "He tried for a long period of time to move the boulder and to free his leg.
August 9, 1993 |
Wind and rain pummeled two hot-air balloons, killing six people and injuring 11 more. In the first accident, a balloon was flying near Aspen at about 100 feet when a gust of air slammed it into a high-tension fence, officials said. The basket was severed from the balloon, and all six people aboard were killed. Five minutes later, in the same area, bad weather forced a second balloon to the ground, tipping over the basket and spilling out the passengers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1993 |
A former Costa Mesa resident who was a UC Irvine graduate was one of two cross-country skiers killed in an avalanche of snow near Silverthorne, Colo., on Friday, authorities said. Richard Hartman, 27, of Dillon, Colo., died after being buried beneath the slide for 30 minutes. Tom Stewart, 28, also of Dillon, Colo., died Saturday when he was taken off life support at St. Anthony Hospital Central on Saturday. Two others skiers with Hartman and Stewart were unhurt.