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Plane crash passenger dies

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 19th, 2013

DENVER — A passenger from the June 8 plane crash at the Sand Dunes died on Tuesday.

Although her death has not yet been officially linked to the crash, Sandra Fitzgerald, 51, of Alamosa, died yesterday in a Denver hospital where she had been transported following the crash.

Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin, who confirmed Fitzgerald’s death, said an autopsy would be performed in Colorado Springs to determine the exact cause of death.

“We will not know until after the autopsy if it was connected to the crash,” he said.

Fitzgerald and another passenger were in a Piper PA-28 piloted by Monte Vista resident Richard Cutter, 69, on Saturday, June 8, when the small plane crashed in a remote area on Medano Pass at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Cutter died in the crash.

The other passenger remains in medical care.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

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