Snowboarder died of internal injuries |

Snowboarder died of internal injuries

KEYSTONE – Preliminary reports indicate Derrick Lesnick, of Colorado Springs, died from internal injuries sustained after he went off a jump at Keystone Ski Resort Friday.

The 22-year-old snowboarder was at Keystone for the day, said Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.

He was injured late Friday afternoon on the terrain park on Flying Dutchman. Ski patrollers responded to the accident and took Lesnick to the Keystone Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead, officials said.

Officials still are investigating the cause of the accident, but said it appears Lesnick was injured after he went off the second jump at the terrain park.

Preliminary autopsy reports indicate Lesnick died from multiple injuries and a lacerated liver – known as deceleration injuries, Richardson said. Deceleration injuries occur when internal organs are sheared as the result of impact, she said.

Lesnick was not wearing a helmet, she said, but he did not sustain any head injuries.

“At this point, it’s pending investigation,” Richardson said, adding it will be about two weeks before the toxicology report is complete – a standard procedure during autopsies.

Lesnick is the eighth death at the resort this season. He was one of four trauma-related skier or snowboarder deaths, said Kelly Ladyga, Vail Resorts director of communications. Two deaths were related to heart conditions and two were employees, she said.


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