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Colorado: Snowboarder hits tree, dies at Keystone ski area

Keystone's Elk Run. PHOTO COURTESY COLORADO SKI AUTHORITY.

Helmeted rider suffers massive trauma in Summit County, Colorado ski area crash

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The string of on-slope ski and snowboard fatalities continued this weekend, as 24-yar-old Joshua B. Allen, of Tampa, Florida, died from injuries suffered in a crash at Keystone Ski Area. According to the Summit County Coroner, Allen, who was wearing a helmet, died of massive facial injuries and brain trauma.

The coroner’s office reported the accident as a transfer case at 3:25 p.m., reporting that Allen was found in the trees on the intermediate Elk Run Sunday morning. The Keystone ski patrol was contacted at 11 a.m. and performed advanced life support.

Joshua B. Allen.

Allen’s death is the fourth of the season at Keystone. For the season to-date, there have been at least 11 reported ski and snowboard related deaths in Colorado, close to the long-term average of 12 deaths per season.

Allen was subsequently flown to the Summit Medical Center for stabilization for a flight to Denver. He died in the emergency room at St. Anthony’s in Lakewood at at about 2:30 p.m.

Allen had been skiing in the area with two friends since Wednesday.

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11 Responses

  1. Condolences to the young mans family on their loss.

  2. Joshua is my cousin, and he was a brilliant young man with his whole life ahead of him. He leaves behind a younger sister and older brother as well as his parents and lots of extended family that love him. He will be missed dearly by all. A huge ray of sunshine that made everyone laugh. <3

  3. You’ll be forever missed Josh, you changed peoples lives with your laugh, your love for life, and your drive for success. Rest in peace big brother

  4. Josh is my sisters son..he just finished college and had a wonderful future ahead of him. Josh comes from a wonderful loving family and was loved by all that knew him.He leaves a huge hole in our hearts.

    • Dear Tammy and Joel, Please know that all of us in NJ are very saddened to hear of the passing of Joshua. He was a wonderful young man and I know you will all miss him very, very much. We are all so sorry for your loss. Please pass on all of our condolences to the family. From Kathy, Christine and Tante Liz.

  5. I’m gonna miss you Josh. You were so kind and loved making us all laugh. Your uncle Joel. Love ya buddy.

  6. Josh was my friend, and will be missed.

  7. this is very sad… condolences… this is a terrible thing… safety must be observed by everyone specially for the ski resorts management…

  8. We were so sad to hear about your tragedy..No words can express it…So sorry..Love to you all.Always…..

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