- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A 55-year-old Missouri woman died days after she fell while snowboarding at Copper Mountain, but her family says she had a preexisting medical condition.

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/1xTYPzn ) Suzann Pennington, of Reeds Spring, Missouri, died at a Lakewood hospital just before midnight Monday. Pennington was admitted to the hospital at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Summit County Coroner Regan Wood says Pennington died of an intracranial vertebral dissection, a type of brain hemorrhage, but she could not comment yet if the fall contributed to the death. Pennington’s sister-in-law, Sarah Garoutte, says Pennington fell and bumped her head on the ground but had been complaining about her neck and head for weeks.

She says the fall and the brain injury are unrelated.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com


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