Hanging Lake death still being investigated



A GoFundMe account has been set up on behalf of Noah Ragon’s family to help pay for medical and funeral expenses. Find it at http://www.gofundme.com/noahragon.

An 8-year-old boy killed in a hiking accident this week at Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs was identified Wednesday by coroner’s officials who say they are still trying to determine how the boy died.

Noah Ragon of Highlands Ranch died Monday while he was hiking with his family at the popular lake in Glenwood Canyon.

The Garfield County Coroner’s Office said Noah died of a blunt-force head injury and ruled his death an accident.

In announcing the death Monday night, Coroner Robert Glassmire initially said the child was reportedly walking across rocks earlier that afternoon near the Spouting Rock waterfall when he slipped, fell and struck his head.

Glassmire backed away from that conclusion on Wednesday, saying the exact details of how Noah died are under investigation. He said investigators are still determining whether the boy slipped, was struck by a rock or was fatally injured some other way.

Glassmire said Noah was within eyesight of his mother, and that the accident occurred in an area that’s open to the public and where visitors commonly pose for pictures or stand to feel the mist created by the waterfall.

Witnesses and Glenwood Springs Fire Department first responders attempted CPR on Noah, but coroner’s officials pronounced the boy dead after arriving at the scene.

Coroner’s officials are asking anyone who may have helped with the accident or seen or heard anything to contact the coroner’s office at 970-319-0311 and speak with a coroner’s investigator.


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