Aleksander Owens-Thurston ski death sparks helmet warning

The coroner at the inquest of a Surrey man who crashed into a snow machine in Austria has urged Easter break skiers to wear helmets.

Aleksander Owens-Thurston, 23, a former Taunton School student, was killed on a black ski run in St Anton last month.

West Somerset coroner Michael Rose said Mr Owens-Thurston had not been wearing a helmet and had fractured his skull.

As well as calling for helmet safety, he urged the Austrian authorities to put padding on snow machines.

Family holiday

Mr Owens-Thurston had recently graduated from the University of Surrey and was working at an IT firm.

He was on a family holiday with his parents and younger brother when he died on 24 February.

The coroner said: "The deceased was not wearing a helmet. We are coming up soon to the Easter holidays and I would urge anyone to wear a helmet."

Mr Rose opened and adjourned the inquest into Mr Owens-Thurston's death and gave authorisation for his funeral, which will take place on Friday.

A full hearing will take place at a later date.

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