Thursday, January 03, 2013

Well, This is Dreadful

Courtney Caligiuri:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A teenage girl has been killed in an incident while sledding on the snow.

Officials with Providence police and the fire departments told Eyewitness News crews rushed to Neutaconkanut Park around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a female injured while sledding in the park.

The victim was identified as Alexandria Alvarez, 17, of Providence. Alvarez was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

In addition to feeling terrible for the family, last summer while riding at the skatepark (right at the base of the hill) I got to know the guys from the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy who got a grant and spent a lot of time clearing and grading that slope for sledding and, they hoped, eventually for skiing. I'm sure they're feeling torn up too. We had the girls on the little slope there on Tuesday; the big hill did look scary fast.

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