The victim was identified as Alex Westphal of Cheshire, Conn., by his father, Ryan Westphal. He says his son suffered internal injuries when he collided with an immovable object at about noon on Christmas Eve.
Ryan Westphal says about 15 minutes before the accident, his son took a picture with his cell phone at the top of the mountain and sent it to his parents. He says his son died on the mountain, and efforts to revive him failed.
Ryan Westphal says his son was a sophomore business major at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y., but he loved music and planned to transfer to the SAE Institute in New York City to pursue an audio technology degree.