According the California Highway Patrol (CHP), 35-year-old Northstar ski resort, CA ski instructor & coach Chris Anderson was killed by a suspected drunk driver in a head-on collision on Highway 267 near Northstar on January 13th, 2018.
California Highway Patrol reports that a 21-year-old male from Tahoe Vista, CA will be charged with a DUI once he’s released from the hospital.
“Another tragic accident on a local highway, involving a local. When it comes to driving under the influence, it should never be done. We know people are going to go out and have a good time, but make sure you make the appropriate efforts before. Take a bus, use a ride sharing program, or just a good old fashion designated driver.” – Officer Pete Mann, who is the public information officer for the CHP Truckee Office
Chris was killed in the collision. He was headed to work at Northstar ski resort at the time of the accident.
“Northstar Ski Foundation lost one of their coaches to a drunk driver who hit him yesterday on his way to practice. Guy was a saint.” – Chris’ friend Jed, on January 14th
The suspected drunk driver was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV and will be charged with a DUI upon his release from the hospital, reports the CHP.
The driver of the Toyota SUV was uninjured.
This accident happened in the same location where a 3-car collision killed Noelle Nelson, 62, from Truckee on December 30th, 2017.
Due to these two tragic local accident fatalities, CHP Truckee has begun a zero tolerance policy on Highway 267. All infractions will be ticketed.
“Due to the tragic local events over the last two weeks, tomorrow CHP-Truckee will start a major speed enforcement and impaired driver campaign on SR-267.
These local tragedies are completely preventable and avoidable. There will be Zero tolerance!” – CHP Truckee, today
Chris’ sister, Amanda Anderson, has started a fundraiser/donation to aide Chris’ family and benefit the Northstar Race Department.
“If you haven’t heard Chris has passed due to a fatal accident on Hwy 267 on the 13th of January. I have created this fundraiser to help support my family in this time of need for a few of the expenses and we will be donating a portion of it to the Nstar Race Department to help Chris’s dream stay alive. If you dont have anything to donate we are happy with just hugs and support.” – Amanda Anderason
“Dodge Ridge lost a good friend and family member on Saturday with the passing of our beloved Chris Anderson. Chris, who grew up locally in Twain Harte and on the mountain at Dodge Ridge, was one of those rare individuals whose passion for life and infectious smile, elevated everyone who came in contact with him. He taught thousands of people to ski at Dodge Ridge before making his way out to resorts in Colorado and Tahoe. It was his gigantic heart that made him so well loved and respected by everyone around him. This was especially true for the kids he instructed, who were drawn to his enthusiastic spirit, inexhaustible energy and playful personality. This was how Chris did everything in life.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Anderson Family and Chris’ loved ones near and far during this difficult time. We will always be grateful for the time we had to share with Chris and our lives are forever better for having been a part of his life. He made such a lasting and positive impact on all of us.
Thank you to Chris for being our friend in life both on and off the mountain. You’ll be remembered always.” – Dodge Ridge ski resort, CA today