Girl who hit tree at Highlands dies
February 19, 2002
The 5-year-old girl gravely injured Saturday after skiing into a tree at Aspen Highlands died Monday at a Denver hospital.
The girl, Leonie Arguetty of West Palm Beach, Fla., was pronounced dead around 9:30 a.m. at The Children’s Hospital. She suffered severe head and chest injuries after hitting a tree off Golden Barrel, an intermediate run, around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said he did not have details about the accident, but said Arguetty was not wearing a helmet at the time. She was originally reported to be 7 years old.
A brief statement from Scott Thompson of the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office cited the cause of death as a traumatic brain injury.
The girl was treated at Aspen Valley Hospital Saturday afternoon before being airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction later that evening. Arguetty was transported to Children’s when her condition worsened early Sunday morning.
The accident was the 12th ski-related death in Colorado this season. The girl’s death is also the fifth skier fatality at an Aspen-area resort this year.