Teenager who fell from balcony remains in coma
February 18, 2010
Steamboat Springs — The 17-year-old girl who fell from a balcony at an underage drinking party Jan. 10 was moved to the Craig Hospital in Englewood on Tuesday but remains in a coma.
Routt County Sheriff's Office investigator Ken Klinger said he spoke to the girl's mother and was told there are "minimal signs of improvement."
The girl, a student at the Yampa Valley School, reportedly was drinking with several other underage girls and 25-year-old Ryan Atkinson.
Atkinson turned himself in to authorities Jan. 28 and was charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and three counts of intimidation of a witness.
The party reportedly was held at Atkinson's house on Routt County Road 14 B in a loft above the garage. The girl reportedly fell backward over a balcony onto snow-covered concrete below. She was taken by air ambulance to Denver Health in a coma.
Klinger said investigators also are continuing investigations into another reported underage drinking incident Jan. 30. In that incident, a 16-year-old girl was found unconscious in the back seat of a car at a party on C.R. 24. Medical responders took the girl to Yampa Valley Medical Center and released her to her mother.
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Klinger said the minors drinking at the Jan. 30 party were not invited and brought their own alcohol. Klinger is interviewing people involved to find where the minors got the liquor.
Klinger said earlier this month that the parents who hosted the party on C.R. 24 have been ruled out as suspects.