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February 18, 2014

Video: Skiers from Brazil, Bay Area die in separate incidents in Placer County

Placer County sheriff’s officials are urging skiers to wear helmets following the recent deaths of two men who suffered head injuries when they skied into trees.

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Placer County sheriff’s officials are urging skiers to wear helmets following the recent deaths of two men who suffered head injuries when they skied into trees.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin said Santos Constantine Martins Bezerra, 18, of Sao Bernardo, Brazil, a seasonal worker at Sugar Bowl resort, was found dead Thursday by another skier. She said Bezerra is believed to have died Wednesday, his day off, when he hit a tree.

The second fatality occurred late Friday afternoon as Lindsay Allen Van Why, 43, of Belmont, was making a final run with a friend. They were skiing in the Cascade area of Northstar at Tahoe, when Van Why hit a tree. Erwin said he suffered severe head and facial trauma and died at the scene.

“We’re asking people to use extra caution, especially in wooded areas, and to wear helmets,” Erwin said.

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