Indiana man dies while snowboarding at Crystal Mountain
March 6, 2005, 11:46 PM
THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- A 21-year-old snowboarder died after he lost control while attempting a jump at Crystal Mountain resort and hit the ground, the Benzie County sheriff's department says.
Joas L. Miller of Shipshewana, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff's department said. The death remained under investigation Sunday by the medical examiner and other authorities.
'The ski patrol went up there and tried to revive him but he didn't respond,' said resort president and general manager Jim MacInnes. 'It's just a sad thing for a young man. Our heart goes out to his family.'
This was the first fatal skiing or snowboarding accident in the 49-year history of Crystal Mountain, according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
The resort is located in the northern Lower Peninsula about 30 miles southwest of Traverse City.
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