A 26-year-old Lititz man died last week as the result of a snowboarding accident in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
Scott T. Zerphy was pronounced dead Dec. 23 at the University of Vermont Medical Center, due to blunt impact to the head, according to the office of Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner.
The previous weekend, Zerphy was snowboarding with a friend at the Whiteface Lake Placid resort. On the Summit Express trail, he fell and struck his head, Whiteface spokesman Jon Lundin said.
Zerphy was not wearing a helmet, Lundin said. There were no unusual conditions when the fall occurred shortly after noon, he said. The trail is an intermediate-level slope.
Zerphy was provided medical assistance “within minutes,” Lundin said. He was taken by ambulance to Adirondack Medical Center and then transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Zerphy’s family declined to comment.
Born June 4, 1989, Zerphy was a 2007 Warwick High School grad. He had attended Shippensburg University, according to an obituary published Monday, and worked for Clair Global, an industry-leading provider of audio systems for live events.
Services are Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz.
Skiing and snowboarding fatalities are relatively rare. From 2002-03 to 2011-12, there were about 41 fatalities a year, or about one per 1 million skier-days, according to the National Ski Areas Association.
A helmet can reduce the risk of injury, but their effectiveness is limited at moderate or high speeds, the association says.