Copper Mountain falls not the cause of Missouri woman’s death, says family |

Copper Mountain falls not the cause of Missouri woman’s death, says family

Despite initial reports, a series of falls at a Copper Mountain Resort bunny slope may not have caused the Jan. 19 death of a 55-year-old Missouri woman. The woman’s family has said she had a preexisting medical condition.

Early coroner reports said that Suzann Pennington sought medical treatment at St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center in Frisco on Jan. 16 after falling and hitting her head while snowboarding the previous day. (She was wearing a helmet at the time of the fall.) She was later transferred to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, where she was treated for a brain hemorrhage.

According to the coroner, the cause of death is intracranial vertebral dissection, head trauma that is known to lead to stroke. The manner of death (or what precipitated the intracranial vertebral dissection) is still being investigated.

According to a Colorado Springs Gazette report, Pennington’s family said that the fall had nothing to do with her death. The Gazette reported that Pennington’s sister-in-law, Sarah Garoutte, said Pennington had been complaining about her neck and head for weeks. She said the fall and the brain injury are unrelated.

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