Skater still alive after fall on Ice Ribbon
Spokane, Wash — UPDATE:
On Sunday afternoon, the City of Spokane issued this statement:
“We inaccurately reported last night that an injured skater had passed away. We confirmed today that she is in critical condition.
We are terribly sorry for our error and misinformation. Our deepest thoughts and prayers remain with the family.
We will continue to conduct a thorough review of the circumstances around the accident, and of all safety processes and practices. Helmets are being made available today to ice skaters at no cost.
The ice ribbon will remain open during the investigation. Future updates will be posted on the City’s website.”
A skater who fell on Spokane’s ice ribbon Friday has died from their injuries.
The City of Spokane posted information on its website Saturday evening. It says the skater fell Friday and sustained an injury and had since passed away. The city did not give any other information about the nature of the accident, but did say it’s looking into making helmets available at no cost as soon as possible.
“The City of Spokane is deeply saddened by this horrible tragedy,” Mayor David Condon said in the news release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and we send our deepest condolences.”
The city said it will conduct a full review of the incident, but will keep the ice ribbon open during that investigation.
The ice ribbon is the first major feature of the renovation of Riverfront Park. Thousands of people have paid to visit since the ribbon opened late last year.
In early January, the city told kxly4 news that 34 people reported injuries at the ice ribbon in the first 27 days.
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