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College at Brockport student killed while snowboarding
Livonia, N.Y. -- Austin White loved the outdoors.
He was looking forward to his snowboarding trip for Spring Break. He and his sister Ashley and friends were headed to Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid.
They arrived Saturday, and the trip turned tragic Sunday. Austin veered off a trail Sunday afternoon and hit a tree.
His father, Roy White, said the medical examiner told him Austin, 22, died instantly and didnt suffer.
The Whites are receiving a lot of support from people in the community near Hemlock, a hamlet in the Town of Livonia where they live.
Roy White said he is proud of his son and happy that he always lived life to the fullest. White said his son felt he was given a second chance after surviving a devastating car accident in 2009 when he was a senior at Honeoye High School. He was a passenger in a car that lost control on black ice. He suffered a traumatic brain injury
It took months and months of physical therapy, but White said his son was determined to put himself back together again.
First he started running on a treadmill and then ran a 5K. Before the Whites knew it, their son was skydiving and snowboarding; everything he did before.
In his high school graduation speech, 18 months after that accident, Austin told his classmates that life wasnt something to gamble with.
He urged them to cherish life, and live each day like it was their last. Thats exactly how Austin lived, according to his father. He also had a lot of friends and had hoped to graduate from the College at Brockport in May. He wanted to continue his education and become a physical therapist. He was inspired and motivated by those who had helped him learn to walk again after his accident.
Austin was also working as a personal trainer in the College at Brockport's recreation center; a job his father said was very rewarding for him. Roy White said his family is searching someplace big enough to hold the services for his son.
He said he wants everyone to be able to say goodbye to Austin.
He called his son a good soul and a caring person, and said he will miss him deeply.
Austins organs have been donated. That was his wish, according to his family. He wanted to give someone else a second chance to live.