LSD, other drugs led to man’s fall from Snowmass parking garage, autopsy states
May 22, 2017
SNOWMASS — The 24-year-old man who fell from the upper level of a Snowmass parking garage in March was using LSD, THC and amphetamines before his death, the autopsy report from the Jefferson County Coroner's Office found.
Angelo Mowery of Denver was hallucinating and "acting erratically" before he sprinted off the Base Village parking garage on the evening of March 10, according to Snowmass Officer Franz Zedlacher's report. The police also gathered surveillance video of that night.
"Mowery was known to use illicit drugs in the past, and previously participated in drug rehabilitation programs," the autopsy states.
The Pitkin County Coroner's Office uses Jefferson County's services since the Western Slope pathologist relocated, said Roya Beklik of the Pitkin office.
Multiple blunt-force injuries to the head and neck from the fall are what killed Mowery, according to the autopsy.
Authorities initially suspected that alcohol, in addition to drugs, impaired Mowery; however, the final autopsy report did not reveal alcohol in his system.
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Snowmass Police Chief Brian Olson said Monday that Mowery's friend reported to police that Mowery possessed an alcoholic beverage "when they were up (Snowmass Mountain) from the top of the gondola."
Knowing that Mowery "had issues right away" once the two exited the gondola, Olson said, it's unclear if or how much of the drink Mowery consumed. It was not enough to be noted in the autopsy.
"It's an unfortunate tragedy and it's a sad, sad incident. I think it was hard on my staff and hard on the Fire Department to deal with something like that," Olson said. "And we feel for the family. It's a difficult situation."
For more on this story, read the Snowmass Sun, on newsstands and online Wednesday.