A hit-and-run skier was being hunted by police last night after a father suffered fatal injuries as he coached his daughter on the slopes.
Arthur Lantschner, 51, was with his 12-year-old girl when the skier crashed into him at high speed and carried on without stopping.
The death on Christmas Day happened in the resort of Obereggen, near Bolzano in the Italian Dolomites.
The resort of Obereggen in Italy where the father was killed in a hit-and-run skiing accident (file photo)
A police spokesman said: 'The resort is very popular with foreign tourists, including British, and at this stage we cannot rule out the possibility that the culprit was a foreigner.'
Last night, officers were checking ski pass sales and CCTV cameras positioned at the top and bottom of resort lifts.
A Bolzano police spokesman said: 'The victim, from Italy, was hit from behind at high speed and suffered serious injuries. He was hit in front of his young daughter and a helicopter was scrambled to the scene to take him to hospital.
'His condition was very bad and he died within a few minutes of arriving in hospital.
'We have a vague description of the skier from the daughter but we are appealing for help.'
It is the second fatal accident at an Italian resort in less than a week. Last Sunday, Croatian defence minister Gordan Cacic, 47, was killed at Cortina after a collision with another skier.
Italian resorts are some of the most unruly in Europe with crashes regular occurrences.
The Italian government has tried to crack down by stepping up patrols and levying on-the-spot fines for careless skiing.Original here