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Beginning snowboarder who died in Wrightwood was wearing a helmet

November 29, 2011 |  9:21 am

Family and friends are mourning the death of a beginning snowboarder who died in a “freak accident” when she fell on a run Sunday at Mountain High ski resort in Wrightwood.

Riverside resident Angelique De Leon, 23, was about to graduate from UC Riverside and planned to pursue a doctorate, friends told KTLA News.

“Everyone knew she had so much potential,” Carleen Roberts, the victim’s cousin, said. “She was so smart, and so driven,”

She was wearing a helmet when she fell forward at about 4 p.m. on a run she had already descended successfully several times during the day, authorities said. Family members said they were puzzled about how she died given she was wearing a helmet.

But doctors told them she might have suffered from internal bleeding. De Leon  vomited before she collapsed, relatives told the station.

De Leon was taken to San Bernardino Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m..

“It was a head-over-heels fall, and she sustained internal injuries,” said Deputy Jeff Lewison of the San Bernardino County coroner’s office. “It just somehow hit wrong.”

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-- Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times, and Carolyn Costello, KTLA

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