Asphyxiation Death At Vail Not As It Seemed Or Reported

As the investigation of the death of New Jersey skier Jason Varnish continues, it appears that his death did not happen that way it was originally reported or thought to be.

A New Jersey Man Died On A Vail Chairlift

According to a report from the It is being reported that a man has been killed in an accident involving a chairlift at Vail, Colorado. Vail Daily , Jason Varnish, a 46-year-old man from Short Hills, New Jersey, was killed when he fell through the seat portion of a chair on the Chair 37 lift in Vail's Blue Sky Basin.
According to a release from the Eagle County Coroner's Office in Colorado, County Coroner Kara Bettis has said that Varnish did not fall through a chair on the Chair 37 lift in Blue Sky Basin at Vail on February 13th. There was at least one witness that said the chairlift seat was in the upright position, which is what led to reports of the possibility of Varnish having fallen through the chair.

Bettis has confirmed that Varnish did die of positional asphyxia, which has been reported accurately the entire time. However, the investigation has shown that Varnish became entangled by his clothing which appears to have gotten caught on a portion of the chairlift. He was unable to breathe due to his coat and other clothing becoming too tight around his chest and abdominal region.

His death has been ruled accidental.

Photo Credit: Vail/FB


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