Vail Mountain School student Zeke Pierce dies in biking accident
VAIL — A Vail Mountain School student has died from injuries sustained in a mountain-biking accident last weekend.
Zeke Pierce, a high school student at the school, was injured Saturday, July 13, on Vail Mountain. Family friend Susan Washing said Pierce was initially treated at Vail Valley Medical Center, then flown to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was in a medically induced coma at Children’s Hospital in Denver when he died.
The family, through friends Denny and Sheila Linn, on Thursday released the following statement:
“Zeke died this afternoon, surrounded by the love and care of his family, at Children’s Hospital in Denver, of injuries related to his bicycle accident. He never regained consciousness, and he died peacefully. Knowing it is what he would want, his family has donated his wonderful, strong heart and organs so that others can live.
“The family has asked us to preside at a memorial service to celebrate Zeke’s life. We are in the process of making arrangements with them. We will announce the time and place as soon as possible. The family hopes you will attend. They know there are many of you wanting to help in any way you can. The best way you can help for now is to give Zeke’s family the privacy they need. Please don’t call or visit at this time. Please do send them all the love you have for them, from your heart to theirs.
In addition, an account for Zeke’s medical bills has been established at Alpine Bank. The memo number is 3470143982. Donations can be made at any Alpine Bank or be mailed to P.O. Box 7330, Avon, Colo. 81620.
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