Two Star H.S. Athletes Killed In Sledding Crash At Colorado Ski Resort
Illinois High School Sports Two Star Athletes Killed At Ski Resort ... After Sledding Crash
3/21/2023 9:22 AM PT
Two star high school athletes from Illinois -- who were enjoying their spring break in Colorado -- were tragically killed in a horrific sledding accident over the weekend.
They were only 17 and 18 years old.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened at Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Frisco at 8:35 PM on March 19 ... after Dylan Bazzell and Drew Fehr's sled launched off of a massive snowbank at the bottom of a half pipe.
"The two individuals came down hard on the hard ice below," police said, "causing blunt force trauma."
Emergency medical personnel raced to the scene to tend to the two teenagers ... but they were pronounced dead a short time later.
The school district in Illinois where the two attended high school said counselors would be available to help students cope with the loss.
"As we know, 'it takes a village' to raise a child," Prairie Central school district officials said in a statement. "And it will take all of us working together to comfort and support our children through this tragic event."
Bazzell and Fehr, both high school seniors, played for Prairie Central's basketball and football teams. Bazzell had just been named to the Associated Press All-State First Team earlier this month.
Fehr, meanwhile, was a football team captain who logged 1,439 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns this past season.
Police said the deaths are under investigation ... and are urging spring breakers and other thrill seekers "to always practice safe on snow activity habits and to be aware of the risks associated with these activities."