Steamboat teen died of seizure |

Steamboat teen died of seizure

Special to the Daily Adele Dombrowski, 17, the daughter of former Vail residents, died in her sleep of a seizure Sept. 24.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – A popular high school senior and member of a Christian youth ministry died of a seizure and had a minimal amount of alcohol in her system, Deputy Routt County Coroner Mitch Locke has ruled.Adele Dombrowski, 17, the daughter of former Vail residents, died of “cardiopulmonary arrest consistent with a grand mal seizure,” Locke said. Such a seizure is also known as a tonic-clonic seizure, according to the Epilepsy Therapy Development Project, a nonprofit research organization.

A toxicology report that was part of the autopsy performed by the Jefferson County Coroners Office determined Dombrowski had a blood alcohol content of 0.013, which is six times less than Colorado’s drunken driving threshold of 0.08.”There was not a thing in her,” Locke said. “Alcohol had nothing to do with it.”Dombrowski was found dead in her bed Sept. 24. Witnesses told investigators Dombrowski had been drinking that night along with other teens and police arrested Kevin Miller Neuwirth, 20, on suspicion of buying rum and making it available to her. A liquor store was cited for allegedly selling to an underage buyer.

Dombrowski was the daughter of former Vail residents Kris Stouffer and Daryl ‘Moose’ Dombrowski. She was a tennis player, reaching the state doubles semifinals in 2004. She also played hockey and volleyball, sang, played the flute, danced and choreographed dances. She was a member of Young Life, a Christian ministry aimed at young people.

“(Adele) loved everybody,” Stouffer told the Steamboat Pilot & Today last week. “Gracious is the word a lot of people used, even as far back as her first-grade teacher.””She had a deep kindness in her heart,” dad Daryl Dombrowski added. “She didn’t have one best friend. Everyone knew her. No one talked bad about her.”Vail, Colorado

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