Aspen Skiing Company co-owner James Crown dies in Woody Creek crash

A 70-year-old member of the Crown family that owns the Aspen Skiing Company died over the weekend in a vehicle crash on his birthday at the Aspen Motorsports Park.

James Crown, of Chicago, a part-time resident of Pitkin County, was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Sunday at the racetrack in Woody Creek, a members-only facility where he was celebrating his birthday.

The vehicle Crown was driving hit a barrier, according to the Pitkin County Coroner. Crown likely died from blunt force trauma, chief deputy coroner Audra Keith said in a news release Sunday night.

The authorities were investigating. No other information was released.

Crown served as the chief executive of Henry Crown and Company, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that owns the Aspen Skiing Company.

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