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Cabin Owner Near Mirror Lake Highway Dies After Tree Falls On Her

Summit County Sheriff's Office

The Summit County Sheriff’s office is reporting that a cabin owner near the Mirror Lake Highway was found dead Tuesday night, evidently after being struck by a fallen tree.

The Sheriff’s incident report said the fatality is a 74-year-old woman who is a full-time resident of West Valley. Her name has not been released, pending notifications of family members.

The report said that sometime between 2:00 and 6:30 pm on Tuesday, the woman was by herself, using a chainsaw to cut down dead trees around her family cabin in the Manorlands area, not far from the Wyoming border.

A tree, which was being supported by a tree she was cutting, fell and struck the woman, causing a fatal head injury.

Lt. Andrew Wright said that the victim and her husband have previously gone up to the cabin in the summer and cut down the trees to create a defensible space. They customarily have a scout troop carry off the wood, and it was a scout leader, a friend of the couple, who found her.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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