(3-21-23) Two Prairie Central (Illinois) high school seniors — Dylan Bazzell and Drew Fehr — , according to information from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office have died at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado on Sunday evening due to a sledding accident


2 teens killed in sledding accident on halfpipe at Copper Mountain Ski Resort

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Summit County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Sledding Accident Resulting in Two Deaths at Copper Mountain Ski Resort


Copper Mountain, Colorado – March 20, 2023 – On the evening of March 19, 2023, at approximately 8:35 pm, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a sledding accident at Copper Mountain Ski Resort involving the deaths of two individuals.

The two subjects, 17 and 18 years old males and both from Illinois, were on a Spring Break vacation. The subjects reportedly rode tandem down the half pipe and launched off a large snowbank at the bottom of the half pipe. The two individuals came down hard on the hard ice below, causing blunt force trauma.

Despite immediate medical attention from emergency medical services, the individuals could not be revived and were pronounced deceased on the scene.

Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said-

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and friends of the individuals involved in this tragic incident”.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to always practice safe on snow activity habits and to be aware of the risks associated with these activities.

The Summit County Coroner’s Office has taken over the investigation into the cause and manner of death.

This remains and active investigation and no further details are available at this time.

From Prairie Central Community Schools

This has been a dream season for the two athletes, both were key members of the very successful Hawks football and basketball teams. Today the entire community mourns the loss of these two teammates.

Dylan Bazzell

Bazzell participated in football and basketball this school year, and was named to The Associated Press first-team all-state basketball squad earlier this month after helping lead the Hawks to a 31-3 record, an Illini Prairie Conference championship, a regional title and No. 1 ranking in Class 2A.

He also competed in football, serving as a kicker, receiver and defensive back for the Hawks, who finished 11-1 after falling in the Class 3A quarterfinals. PC went unbeaten in the regular season and won the Illini Prairie Conference championship.

Drew Fehr

Fehr competed in football and basketball…he was a team captain in football, was the leading rusher, scorer and tackler for the IPC champion Hawks and earned all-state mention. Fehr rushed for 1,439 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had three receiving touchdowns. On defense, Fehr was in on 98 tackles.

Fehr was also a starter on the top-ranked basketball team, helping the Hawks to a conference title, as well as a regional championship.

The two families have strong ties in the Prairie Central Community School system–

Bazzell’s father is Prairie Central boys’ basketball coach Darin Bazzell, and his older brother, Trey, currently plays for the Illinois Wesleyan men’s basketball team. The mothers of the two teammates, Lynette Bazzell and Susan Fehr, are teachers in the Prairie Central district.

Remembering the teammates –