Headline: Denver man dies of head injury | SummitDaily.com

Headline: Denver man dies of head injury

DENVER – Daniel Morgan, a 30-year-old Denver man who crashed into a tree on Peak 9 at Breckenridge Ski Resort Tuesday, died of a massive head injury Wednesday.

Thirteen people have died in ski-related activities on Colorado’s slopes this year. Five others died of medical conditions, and one, Keystone snowmaker Ben Bornstein, drowned Nov. 25 while at work in a snowmaking shelter.

Morgan was skiing on Lower American, a beginner ski run on Peak 9. Summit County Sheriff’s Office reports initially indicated he had collided with a friend of his, 24-year-old Andy Schriver of Chicago, then veered into the woods and struck a tree.

Family members say the two men never collided and that they believe Morgan was looking behind him for Schriver when he hit the tree.

Morgan suffered a fractured skull, a bleeding brain, a fractured arm, a ruptured artery and blood in his chest.

Ski patrollers took him to the Breckenridge Medical Center. Flight For Life took him to Swedish Medical Center in Denver, where he was listed in critical condition. Doctors pronounced him dead at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Sheriff’s Office said an initial investigation indicates that the collision was accidental and that criminal charges were not expected. Morgan was wearing a helmet.

“This tragic accident demonstrates the importance of wearing helmets while skiing and snowboarding,” said parents Marlin and Judy Morgan in a press release Wednesday evening. “While Daniel was extremely safety-conscious and was wearing a helmet, his closed head injury was fatal. If anything good can come from this tragedy, we hope it comes in the fact that Daniel is going to be an organ donor.”

Swedish Medical Center-HealthONE, which has served the community for almost 100 years, specializes in neurotrauma and stroke treatments. The Englewood-based facility features adult and pediatric trauma services, neurosciences, advanced radiology capabilities, cancer treatment and cardiology services.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.

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