Report: Mount Southington accident victim wasn't wearing helmet

Published on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:16
Written by Charles Paullin


SOUTHINGTON - The child who died after an accident at Mount Southington Ski Area on Feb. 19 was not wearing a helmet when he hit his head on the inside of a half-pipe, according to a police report.

The child had just attempted to “drop into” the half-pipe, which had an entry point about 3 to 4 feet high. The child’s legs and skis came out from underneath him and he struck his head, the report said a person told police.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified the victim as Logan Murphy Mengold. An online obituary with Carpino Funeral Home said Mengold was 8 years old and had died in a tragic skiing accident.

When the ski patrol arrived at the area of the half pipe, on Laurel Hill near the top of the mountain, they found a boy lying on the ground, face up, the police report said. A rapid pulse was detected, but no breathing, the report said.

American Medical Response said it received a call about the accident at about 2 p.m., according to the report. An ambulance was sent, CPR was begun and an automated external defibrillator was placed on the boy, but no shock was administered, the report said. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, the report said.

When Southington detectives arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital, they were told by staff the child was alive and was going to be airlifted to Hartford Hospital by Life Star for further medical treatment.

No other information was included in the report, as it was a preliminary one made by the officers who responded to the scene, Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said Wednesday. A more detailed report by detectives will be forthcoming after they finish collecting the information.

The obituary for Mengold said he died at Yale-New Haven Hospital the day after the accident.

Mount Southington does not require the use of helmets, but recommends them, saying the final decision to wear them rests with parents and guardians, according to the ski area’s website. Mount Southington had not responded to calls for comment by The Herald by press time.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:16. Updated: Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:18.