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Old 03-15-2011, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado — A Pennsylvania teen is dead after hitting a tree in Beaver Creek.

Richard Cullinan, 18, was on his first run of the day in Beaver Creek on Monday, warming up on Red Tail, an intermediate run.

Cullinan, who was described as an excellent skier, caught an edge and fell. He careened into a tree and suffered a major head injury, according to Kara Bettis, Eagle County coroner.

Cullinan was wearing a helmet, Bettis said.

The Beaver Creek ski patrol responded at 9:07 a.m., almost immediately. Cullinan was unresponsive when they tried to treat him on the mountain, Bettis said.

Witnesses said ski patrollers were performing CPR as Cullinan was being transported from the mountain and into a waiting ambulance.

Doctors pronounced him dead 10:17 a.m., Bettis said.

Cullinan told those skiing with him that he'd rejoin them at the bottom of Beaver Creek and headed down Red Tail. They saw the incident, Bettis said.

Cullinan was visiting with his family from the Pittsburgh, area, said Mike McWilliam, an investigator with the Eagle County Sheriff's office. McWIlliam said there doesn't appear to be anything criminal about the incident.

“He was found lying next to a tree,” McWilliam said.

Cullinan was a student at Fox Chapel Area High School near Pittsburgh. Students tell WPXI-Channel 11 in Pittsburgh that they will be wearing wristbands in honor of the death.
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That is horrible.

Does anyone know if he actually was hit where his helmet protects or was it in the face region.

Also was it a legit certified helmet?
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Wow that sucks... I feel so bad for him and his family... This makes me super glad that I bought a helmet now haha. Cause imagine if he didn't even have a helmet.
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Wow that sucks... I feel so bad for him and his family... This makes me super glad that I bought a helmet now haha. Cause imagine if he didn't even have a helmet.
Would he be any more dead?

I can't even imagine the anguish as his parents. At least he died doing what he loved albeit at way too young an age.
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... At least he died doing what he loved...
Same can be said about David Carradine.
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Same can be said about David Carradine.
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