Vail: Skier died from internal bleeding
April 8, 2008
VAIL, Colorado ” A suburban-Denver skier who crashed in Blue Sky Basin on Vail Mountain Saturday died from internal injuries, according to preliminary results from an autopsy Tuesday.
Martin Fierro, 32, was skiing with a friend in the trees on blue run “In the Wuides,” when the friend stopped on the run to wait for Fierro, and called ski patrol when Fierro did not come, said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
The friend was riding up a chair lift when he saw Fierro lying on the slope and his head resting on a tree, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said. Fierro, who was wearing a helmet that wasn’t damaged, had no pulse when Vail Ski Patrol reached him.
Ski patrol provided advanced life support and took Fierro in a sled to an ambulance at the bottom of the mountain. He was pronounced dead at Vail Valley Medical Center.
No one witnessed the crash, so authorities don’t know exactly how Fierro died, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said. Fierro died from cuts to his liver, arteries, and lung, Bettis said.
“He either hit a tree or he fell pretty hard,” Bettis said.
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