Teacher killed on ski­ing trip


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AMY WALKER @MENnews­desk

A TEACHER died on a fam­ily ski­ing hol­i­day after suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack and plough­ing into a tree in front of his son.

David Richardson, 55, from Of­fer­ton, Stock­port, was ski­ing with 16-year-old Rob­bie in the Les An­gles area of France, in April, when he suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest on the slopes.

Paramedics at­tended after Rob­bie raised the alarm but the maths teacher died with­out re­gain­ing con­scious­ness.

At the time his wife, Kay, was re­cov­er­ing from a hip re­place­ment op­er­a­tion at home.

Mu­sic col­lege stu­dent Rob­bie told a Stock­port coro­ner’s in­quest: “We had been on that run a num­ber of times dur­ing the hol­i­day. We are both really con­fi­dent and com­pe­tent so we know what we are do­ing.

“The con­di­tions were fine. The weather was per­fect. We set off to­gether, he was a bit in front of me to start with but I soon caught up with him. We were side by side. He fell on to the floor on his back­side and he slid straight into the trees at the side. I found him slumped against a tree.

“When I ran back up he was life­less. He was rest­ing against the tree trunk. I’m as­sum­ing he im­pacted on that tree. I couldn’t see any ob­vi­ous in­juries.

“I called over a cou­ple of other skiers to help him, but noth­ing could be done. It’s all a bit of a blur.”

Mr Richardson’s wife Kay, a 54-yearold school sec­re­tary, told the in­quest: “He was a very lov­ing hus­band and the best fa­ther. He was loyal and per­fect. We were mar­ried for 21 years.

“After the ac­ci­dent no­body from the French Au­thor­i­ties spoke to us at all, and we only spoke to the Bri­tish Con­sulate about prac­ti­cal mat­ters like get­ting Rob­bie home and bring­ing Dave’s body home.”

Post mortem tests showed Mr Richardson suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant in­juries with mul­ti­ple bone frac­tures.

Coro­ner Chris Smith recorded a nar­ra­tive con­clu­sion stat­ing that a mix of nat­u­ral events and ac­ci­dent were the cause of David’s death.

He said: “This is a truly tragic case and some­thing that shouldn’t hap­pen to some­body so young.

“The most log­i­cal ex­pla­na­tion I have ar­rived at, look­ing at the facts, is that David en­coun­tered a col­lapse or car­diac event and trag­i­cally died from mul­ti­ple in­juries from the fall.

“I want to of­fer the fam­ily my sin­cer­est con­do­lences. He sounded like a truly spe­cial and tal­ented man.”

David Richardson and his wife, Kay

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