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Teen killed by falling rock

A 17-year-old Cedar Springs High School student died Wednesday when she was hit by a falling rock in Colorado.

According to Kate Rusch, spokesperson for Estes Park, Colorado, Audra Brownell, the daughter of Scott and Diane Brownell, was struck about 4 p.m. in an open space off the Estes Park’s Town Hall parking lot. It was reportedly a town “green space” in a grassy area with a creek running through it. A cliff rises above the area.

Rusch said that emergency responders were on the scene immediately, and the young woman was pronounced dead from her injuries. Her parents were notified last night.

The Estes Park Police Department is conducting a death investigation and interviewing numerous witnesses to the incident. An autopsy was scheduled for today.

“The community is devastated by this tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim,” said Estes Park Mayor Bill Pinkham. “Our police department is working around the clock to sort out the details of the incident.”

Rusch said town officials are assessing the safety of the area where the rock fell and will take necessary precautions.

Brownell had just finished her junior year at Cedar Springs High School.

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