Wednesday April 16, 2014





'He was an amazing person'

Ski hill accident kills young dad, leaves family mourning a second son

"I love and cherish this photo as Madison meant everything to Nick," said Savannah Dakers, whose boyfriend Nick Guido was killed in a sledding accident at Sun Peaks on Sunday. Guido is pictured with the couple's 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Madison.

On the day her partner died, Savannah Dakers logged into her Facebook account in search of comforting words, the first hours of a family tragedy still unfolding.

The 23-year-old nursing student had just lost her boyfriend — father of her 2-year-old daughter, Madison — and in the cloud of shock and grief she sought the condolences of friends and family.

"Savannah, my heart aches for you and your little girl and for all the family. . . ." wrote one person.

"I just don't have any words. My heart is broken for all of you," wrote another.

Indeed, there were no words to describe the sudden passing of 24-year-old Nick Guido, who died Sunday in Royal Inland Hospital after suffering a traumatic head injury earlier that morning.

The TRU accounting major was tobogganing with friends at Sun Peaks at around 2 a.m. when the plastic sled he was riding — known as a crazy carpet — veered into a chairlift pillar near the Platter Lift, knocking him unconscious.

Guido was taken to RIH but never regained consciousness. He died hours later.

"It's a very sad day," Sun Peaks mayor Al Raine said on Monday. "Our community is in shock and our hearts go out to the family."

Chief regional coroner Larry Marzinzik of the B.C. Coroners Service said it is believed Guido was in Sun Peaks attending a function Saturday night when he and some friends decided to go sledding after midnight. While the investigation is still in the early stages, it is believed the young man was sledding headfirst and that alcohol may have clouded his judgment.

On Monday, as news of Nick's death spread throughout Kamloops, family and friends gathered at the Guido family home, trying to make sense of the tragedy.

They knew scant details about the accident — only that Nick was with friends when it happened and that, for reasons unknown, his sled ran off course.

For Nick's mother, there were more questions than answers.

"Who's to know why he didn't jump off," Joan Guido wondered. "I don't know. I don't know what to tell you."

Nick was her youngest son and was just three weeks shy of his 25th birthday. He was in his final year of accounting at Thompson Rivers University, a top student with just one semester to go and a job already waiting for him at KPMG.

He had everything going for him: a loving girlfriend, a beautiful daughter, a promising future and plenty of friends.

"He always had a smile on his face," said Dakers.

"He was just a best friend to everyone, treated everyone equally. An amazing, amazing father, an amazing boyfriend, brother, cousin. He would give the shirt off his back to help someone."

Funeral arrangements were still being worked out on Monday.

Nick Guido leaves behind his partner, their young daughter, his parents, Peter and Joan Guido, two siblings and numerous relatives.

He was the youngest of four children and his death, sadly, is not the first tragedy to strike the Guido family. Eight years ago, Nick's brother Josh was killed at age 17 when a driver ran a red light and slammed into the teen, who was walking in a crosswalk.

Joan Guido knows too well the unbearable grief that comes after the shock wears off.

"The hard part is not right now," she said on Monday.

"It's just a matter of shock that you're in now. It's later; the hard part comes later — living with every day that you don't have them."


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