LAS VEGAS -- According to Metro Police, the 11-year-old girl who died while sledding in Lee Canyon on New Year's Day was in a restricted area and was not wearing a helmet.
Vanesa Lara died from injuries she suffered when she hit an iron gate while sledding in the Upper Lee Meadows Snow Play Area. The area, like most on Mt. Charleston, is patrolled but park rangers are not on-site at all times.
"A lot of people play on public lands and that is where the problem lies. There's no rules or supervision and people come up and have fun and get in other people's way and don't realize how hard trees are and fences are. That is when we have problems," said Greg French director of snow safety at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.
The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort is teaming up with Centennial Hills Hospital for the 7th annual free Lids on Kids safety campaign. They are giving away free helmets at the resort from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday.