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Teen snowboarder dies at Heavenly resort at Lake Tahoe

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A teen who recently moved from Orange County died Tuesday after a snowboarding accident at a Lake Tahoe ski resort.

Wyatt James Colvard, 18, who lived in Tahoe-area Kings Beach and recently moved from Fountain Valley, died of internal injuries from blunt-force trauma, according to the Douglas County sheriff's office in Nevada.

Colvard was an employee of Northstar California, a sister ski resort of Heavenly Ski Resort, where he died, Northstar spokeswoman Rachael Woods told the Huntington Beach Independent.

Sheriffs responded to a call of an injured skier or snowboarder at Heavenly at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The ski patrol found Colvard unconscious in the snow in the upper Nevada Woods, an expert skiing area that was closed at the time, according to a statement from the resort. Authorities said the teen was wearing a helmet when he was injured.

Emergency medical care was administered at the scene by the ski patrol. Colvard was transported down the hill and treated by Tahoe Douglas paramedics. Colvard died from his injuries shortly after.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident.



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Carpio writes for Times Community News.


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