NEWS ‘There really was an extra angel in heaven’: Friends remember BYU student killed in pipeline accident

Anna Peterson, a BYU freshman from Oregon, has been identified as the woman killed in a tubing accident at Deer Valley Ski Resort.

Brigham Young University freshman Anna Peterson from Oregon has been identified as the woman who died in a tubing accident at the Deer Valley ski resort. (crowdfunding)

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PROVO – An 18-year-old Brigham Young University freshman from Oregon has been identified as the victim of a fatal tubing accident at Deer Valley ski resort.

Anna Ruby Peterson was YouTube with friends around 9 p.m. on Dec. 10 when she “collided with the lift tower of the Silver Strike Express in Deer Valley,” according to a statement from Deer Valley. The resort said she was flown by medical helicopter to the trauma center at the University of Utah Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

According to a GoFundMe* account set up to help pay for her funeral, Peterson was on YouTube that night with some of her college friends. Organizers of the event said they also wanted to create a scholarship for her “to keep her light shining”.

Before college, Peterson went to Beaverton High School in Oregon, where she played volleyball and was captain of the girls’ lacrosse team.

“Our captain, Anna, is an amazing person. She always has a smile on her face. She is encouraging, kind, hard working, smart, caring, funny and absolutely genuine,” the team wrote on their Facebook page. “Anna is good in her bones and it has been a privilege to be a part of her life. She is a model of positive, kind, inclusive and warm leadership.”

“Heaven really got an angel. … She was a leader and an amazing human being. Now I have a hole in my heart … Anna showed the best of all people who knew her Best,” a post on the team’s page published shortly after her death.

Many friends also posted tributes on a memory tree page set up for Peterson.

“Anna was a beacon of light to all around her and she left a lasting impression of kindness and compassion on all. Anna truly illuminated the lives of anyone she met and stood out as a disciple of Jesus Christ Live life to the fullest,” the page reads.

“When I think of Anna, my memory is filled with her love and light. She was kind, accommodating, and funny. I am grateful for the years I spent with her as a young woman and I became a small part of her life, ’ one woman wrote on the page.

“Anna was such a beautiful soul and she never stopped giving it her all,” wrote one former teammate.

“When Anna was a young woman, I was the leader of the YWCA of my church. She always had a kind and welcoming demeanor and was very gracious to young girls who were just joining; helping them feel welcome and connected. I am forever grateful to her Positive light shining on young women,” read another post.

* does not guarantee that funds deposited into an account will be used for the benefit of the person named as the beneficiary. If you are considering depositing funds into an account, you should consult your own advisors, otherwise do so at your own risk.

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Pat Reavy is a veteran police and court reporter. Before that, he joined the team in 2021 after years of reporting for Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio.

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