Carolina Hurricanes' singer injured in sledding accident

Posted January 30, 2010
Updated January 31, 2010

— Rex Healthcare said 22 people showed up Saturday at the Raleigh hospital with winter storm-related injuries. Twelve of those injuries were related to sledding accidents, Rex spokeswoman Melody Hunter-Pillion said.

Among those injured was the 11-year-old girl who gets Carolina Hurricanes' fans going before games.

Katherine Fritsch is a fifth grader at St. Timothy's School, 4523 Six Forks Road in Raleigh. But, on the ice, in front of thousands of screaming fans, the spotlight shines on Katherine as she sings the national anthem.

Saturday morning, however, while playing in the snow, Katherine was injured in a sledding accident.

“She was taking a hill with her cousin. I think snow got in her eyes, and a car was coming, and they veered off and kind of ran into a fire hydrant,” Tom Fritsch, Katherine’s father, said.

A bad bump on the head made her feel woozy, so Kathryn was taken to Rex Healthcare to be checked out.

Hockey team's singer injured in sled wreck Hockey team's singer injured in sled wreck

Kathryn's father was supervising from the top of the hill where the kids were sledding, but no one was at the bottom of the hill where the accident happened.

“Make sure you have adults at the top and bottom of the hill to manage what's going on,” Fritsch said.

Kathryn is expected to be OK but wasn’t able to sing Saturday at the Carolina Hurricanes' game.

“We had to call and tell them she wouldn't make it tonight,” Fritsch said.

WakeMed also treated a 16-year-old Apex girl for a sledding injury.


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  • John Sawtooth Feb 1, 2010

    No, the solution is Nerf firehydrants. Glad she's OK though - as a kid I had friends break noses, teeth, etc when sledding in NY.

    It's important to learn when to 'bail out', and we don't get enough snow down here for kids to have learned that yet. ;-)

  • Moto69 Feb 1, 2010

    Why not just ban kids? Then you only have to pass one law instead of a zillion. :)

    When I was a kid (70's), We'd would use a runner sled and we'd sled through the woods and jump off rock walls. Good times.

  • pappy1 Feb 1, 2010

    Easy fix to this problem-

    1) Pass federal legislation banning sleds, discs, cardboard boxes, plastic bags - in short ANY item that can be used for sliding down hills in times of frozen precipitation.

    2) Implement a 24-hour per day curfew during times of frozen precipitation

    3) And most important, charge parents of children injured while out having fun with felony child neglect. That'll teach them.