Boy dies after being hit by car in Lionshead parking structure |

Boy dies after being hit by car in Lionshead parking structure

An 11-year-old local boy was struck by a vehicle in the Lionshead parking structure Thursday evening before being transported to Vail Health Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Vail Police are “actively investigating a fatal auto-pedestrian accident” after being dispatched to the east side of the ground level of the Lionshead parking structure at 6:21 p.m. Thursday.

First responders from the Vail Police Department, Vail Fire and Emergency Services and Eagle County Paramedic Services were dispatched to the scene of the accident, according to a press release issued by the town of Vail.

Emergency lifesaving care was initiated on-scene before the victim was transported to the nearby hospital.

The boy, Lewis Browning of Eagle, later died from his injuries.

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Browning was the goalie for a hockey team with the Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club. The club put up a Facebook post late Thursday night sharing the news. The post has since garnered an outpouring of support from the community with more than 80 comments from people offering their condolences to Browning’s loved ones.

“Our Mountaineer family suffered the tragic loss of our (under 12) PeeWee goalie when he was hit by a car this evening in Vail,” the post reads. “Thoughts and prayers to his family and our entire community. #sticksoutforlewis.”

An initial investigation by police shows no signs of careless driving, according to the press release issued Thursday. The driver remained on scene and has been cooperating with the investigation, which remains active.

Vail Police are currently conducting a more in-depth investigation into the incident, but were unable to provide additional information as of Friday afternoon.

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