Cory Denoncourt was trapped in a snowbank while making a snow fort with a friend and he has died as a result of the injuries. The 10-year-old’s death is a grim reminder of the dangers of snow piles left by plows when it comes to kids burrowing in while making tunnels and forts.
According to WKTV.com on Dec. 20, Denoncourt was playing in a snowbank with a friend, hollowing out a spot for a fort. The snow collapse in on him at the Greece, N.Y. apartment complex where he lived. Several kids ran to pull the boy out while another child ran for help.
When paramedics reached the boy he was having trouble breathing. He was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, but his injuries were too severe and he died a day later. Greece is in upstate N.Y., just outside of Rochester.
Greece school officials offered counseling to the kids that attend Craig Hill Elementary School, where Cory was a student. They brought in a crisis team and made them available for the kids.
The Greece Police Department is reminding people today that kids should stay away from snow mounds. They also suggest that kids don’t dig in the snow when they are alone.
As you can see in the picture above of the apartment complex where Cory was digging with friends, the snow banks are massive. After plows pile the snow up high, this looks like the perfect situation to burrow in to make a snow fort for a kid, but it can also be a deadly situation.