Teen who died at Schweitzer Mountain identified - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Teen who died at Schweitzer Mountain identified

SANDPOINT, Idaho. - Authorities have identified a 15-year-old who died at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, a northern Idaho ski area.
     
William Johnson, 15, of Sandpoint, was a Sandpoint High School sophomore.
     
Schweitzer spokeswoman Haley Sorbel says a group of snowboarders discovered Johnson at about noon Tuesday and rescue workers tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
     
Johnson was found unconscious in a tree well, a void around trees created when branches don't allow snow to pack around the trunk, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported.
     
Tree wells can be dangerous to skiers or snowboarders, who run the risk of suffocation if they tumble in and can't separate themselves from their skis or boards.
     
Bonner County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Harris said it appears Johnson died as the result of an accident.

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