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No inquest into skiing death on school trip

Fell on most challenging hill at Holiday Mountain facility

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This article was published 27/2/2016 (1177 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The province’s chief medical examiner will not call an inquest into the death of 13-year-old Kelsey Brewster, the Pilot Mound girl who died on a school skiing field trip almost a year ago.

Kelsey died March 9, 2015, four days after she fell at Holiday Mountain during a field trip with her classmates from Thomas Greenway Middle Years School in Crystal City. She fell on the facility’s most challenging hill, which was two hills beyond her capabilities — which had been assessed before any of the students went on the slopes that day.

But the chief medical examiner’s investigation concluded an inquest would not prevent a similar death in the future.

“There won’t be an inquest — it’s not appropriate,” said Mark O’Rourke, director of the office of the chief medical examiner. “The purpose of the act is not to assess blame, it’s to prevent further deaths. It’s not appropriate in this case, it’s not systemic.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 27/2/2016 (1177 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The province’s chief medical examiner will not call an inquest into the death of 13-year-old Kelsey Brewster, the Pilot Mound girl who died on a school skiing field trip almost a year ago.

Kelsey died March 9, 2015, four days after she fell at Holiday Mountain during a field trip with her classmates from Thomas Greenway Middle Years School in Crystal City. She fell on the facility’s most challenging hill, which was two hills beyond her capabilities — which had been assessed before any of the students went on the slopes that day.

Kelsey Brewster</p><p>

Kelsey Brewster

But the chief medical examiner’s investigation concluded an inquest would not prevent a similar death in the future.

"There won’t be an inquest — it’s not appropriate," said Mark O’Rourke, director of the office of the chief medical examiner. "The purpose of the act is not to assess blame, it’s to prevent further deaths. It’s not appropriate in this case, it’s not systemic.

"It’s a one-off," O’Rourke said in an interview.

Kelsey’s parents, Heather and Chris Brewster, have not talked to the media and did not respond to an interview request this week about the chief medical examiner’s decision.

Manitoba School Boards Association risk manager Darren Thomas, who has been on the job less than a year, said Friday he wasn’t sure what steps the chief medical examiner’s office might have taken.

Thomas was part of a task force that overhauled the policy manual on school ski outings over the summer after last year’s tragedy, and he had talked to the RCMP after they had interviewed the teachers supervising the fatal field trip.

"We tried to make sure that anything that was glaring in the report was dealt with in our manual. I won’t go further than that," he said.

Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Files</p><p>A fence along the hill at Holiday Mountain where Kelsey Brewster crashed last March during a school trip at the facility.</p><p>

Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Files

A fence along the hill at Holiday Mountain where Kelsey Brewster crashed last March during a school trip at the facility.

The school division also interviewed the teachers and the other students who were on the ski outing.

Thomas would not discuss what the teachers did or didn’t do on the day Kelsey fell, but said this year teachers and other adult chaperones wear bright orange vests and orange armbands on the slopes. "Against a white background, it’s very clear who’s in charge," he said.

"Helmets are now mandatory," Thomas said. For students, "There’s a colour code for their maximum ability." Kelsey was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Thomas has visited the most popular ski areas this winter, checking how schools are complying with the updated policy manual.

"It’s holding up very well," said Thomas, who said there have been no serious injuries this year beyond the usual bumps and bruises.

Holiday Mountain staff said at the time the teen was badly hurt after she lost control on an advanced run and crashed into a fence strung up on railway ties that separates the run from an adjacent T-bar line.

"She was a beginner skier and was free-skiing in the afternoon with her friends after lessons," Holiday Mountain general manager Bernice Later said last year. "Somehow, she ended up on an expert run and was going too fast, lost control and went into a fence."

nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca

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