Snowmobiler dies on Vail Pass
summit daily news
VAIL PASS ” A 14-year-old Highlands Ranch boy died Sunday after hitting a tree while snowmobiling on Vail Pass, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.
The boy collided with a tree on Shrine Pass Road, about a mile back from the Vail Pass parking area, said Glen Kraatz, mission coordinator with Summit County Search and Rescue.
The Coroner’s Office received a page at 11:50 a.m. to respond to the incident.
A press release from the Coroner’s Office said the boy’s name was not released because of his age.
Kraatz said a party of four cross country skiers were passing by the boy and his family when the incident occurred. One of the skiers was a registered nurse and another was a physician’s assistant. The two immediately started CPR on the boy.
A wilderness paramedic from Summit County Ambulance Service arrived on scene and continued CPR for about an hour, Kraatz said.
Richardson said the boy was wearing a helmet and googles at the time of the accident.
The boy’s parents and extended family members had rented snowmobiles for the day and were up for a “large family outing” on Vail Pass, according to Kraatz.
Kraatz did not know if the boy or his family members were experienced snowmobilers.
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