RAY BROOK — On January 12, 2021, at approximately 12:33 p.m., State Police responded to Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort regarding a skiing accident.
An investigation revealed 22-year-old Bernhard T. Kahlau, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, lost control and struck a tree while skiing down the Upper Approach Trail.
Essex County Coroner Jerod Heidrick responded to the scene and pronounced Kahlau deceased. His body was removed to the University of Vermont Health Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh where an autopsy was completed on January 13, 2021, by Dr. Cara Soper.
Dr. Soper determined the cause of death to be a cervical skull fracture due to the accident.
The manner of death is ruled accidental.