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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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Colorado: Skier death at Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain.

Coroner releases details of Jan. 20 accident at Summit County resort

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County coroner Saturday released details of a Jan. 20 skier death at Copper Mountain Ski Area.

According to a press release from the coroner, Donald Hinckley, 51, of Austin, Texas, was skiing slowly on the Far East trail when witnesses reported that he collapsed, appearing to hit his head on a snow-covered stump.

According to the coroner, the collision resulted in damage to the Hinckley’s helmet. Hinckley immediately went into cardiac arrest and was evacuated from the mountain and flown to St. Anthony’s inLakewood, where he succumbed to his injuries at 11:59 p.m. According to the coroner, Hinckley died from a traumatic brain injury and fractured neck.

Colorado: Deaths on the slopes of Breckenridge and Vail

Deadly accidents mar start of the season

The ski slopes of Breckenridge turned deadly Nov. 18 as 20-year-old Evan Masinni died after colliding with a tree.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —The jubilation over early season skiing in Colorado was dampened this week by two deaths on the slopes this week, as Evan Massini, 20, died after hitting a tree along the edge of the Northstar trail at Breckenridge Ski Area.

Both accidents happened Friday, Nov. 18.

The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. according to the Summit County coroner, who said Massini was wearing a helmet, but struck the tree with his trunk and had massive internal injuries.

Massini was originally from Westbrook, Connecticut and was in his third year at CU Boulder.

On Vail Mountain, longtime local doctor Charles Tufts died after skiing off a beginner trail and tumbled down an embankment.

According to a statement from Vail Resorts, “Ski patrol provided basic life support and transported the patient to an awaiting ambulance. He was then transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center. The skier was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, which is under investigation. Vail Mountain, the Vail Ski Patrol and the Vail Resorts family extend their deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of the skier.

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