Snowboarder remains in critical condition
A 23-year-old Vail snowboarder critically injured while doing a trick in the terrain park above Golden Peak remained in the intensive care unit of Denver hospital Tuesday.
Dwight Witherington, who was wearing a helmet, apparently hit his head near the bottom of the park Saturday afternoon.
When Vail Mountain ski patrollers arrived, Witherington was unconscious. He was later taken by ambulance to Silverthorne, where he was picked up by helicopter and flown to Denver Health Medical Center.
Witherington works for Specialty Sports Ventures at its Vail Mountain demo center, where skiers and snowboarders can rent and test out new equipment.
Witherington finished work at the company’s Burton Yurt, at the top of the terrain park, an hour before his accident.
A Kansas native, Witherington also is a participant in a Bible study program organized by the Vail Bible Church.
With a pitched battle brewing in the state legislature over his signature “public option” health insurance bill (HB19-1004) from last session, state Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, is urging calm before the coming storm.