Investigators looking into Sugar Bowl ski lift death of 7-year-old boy

Coroner releases boy’s identity
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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As a community grieves, investigators are looking into the death of a 7-year-old boy who fell off a ski lift at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort on Sunday. Elizabeth Beadle, spokesperson for the Washoe County Medical Examiner and Coroner’s Office, said the boy, John Henderson, a Davis resident, died at 10:58 a.m. on Tuesday. The cause of death is still pending. Beadle said the coroner’s office couldn’t release additional information. Henderson, a member of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team, fell 60-feet from the Mount Lincoln Lift while practicing with teammates. He was transported to Renown Medical Center in Reno, where he had surgery to relieve pressure in his skull from a head injury. Bill Hudson, executive director of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team, said the accident was a terrible tragedy. “Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family,” Hudson said. “We are a tight knit community and it’s a devastating week for all of us. John loved to ski and this is a terrible tragedy. They are still investigating what happened.” Placer High class of 2011 graduate Evan Swayze was on the Sugar Bowl Ski team most of his life and went to the Sugar Bowl Academy until his senior year of high school. He said in his experience accidents like this one, and people falling off of chairlifts, are rare. “For me it’s rare. I’ve never done it before. I mean I don’t know anyone close to me that has done that before,” Swayze said. “That’s a crazy accident.” Sugar Bowl resort issued a statement this week expressing condolences to the boy’s family. Reach Sara Seyydin at