40-year-old Kirkland man dies after Crystal Mountain crash

Staff writerAugust 2, 2013 

An employee of Crystal Mountain Ski & Summer Resort died after the vehicle he was riding in rolled several times on the mountain, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

He has been identified as Kopi Ford, 40, of Kirkland.

Ford was one of two passengers in a 1995 Jeep Wrangler that was driving on the mountain Wednesday night when it rolled several times, coming to rest on cat tracks near the Lucky Shot trail.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the accident happened about 6 p.m. Wednesday but the wreckage was not discovered until 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

All three people inside were thrown from the Jeep. Ford was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died.

It’s unclear what the trio was doing on the mountain. Troyer said his department is investigating whether they were permitted to have a personal vehicle on the mountain.

All three people inside the Jeep worked at the resort, he said.

Crystal Mountain’s website said this: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends and loved ones of the three employees who were involved in a tragic accident last night. Our mountain family is mourning, yet we are thankful for the two lives that were spared. A painful reminder that the mountains which provide us so much joy, can also cause devastation and grief."

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