Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Snowboarder Dies Five Years after High-Speed Fall

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Snowboarder Dies Five Years after High-Speed Fall

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Byline: Mark Blunden

A MAN has died five years after suffering brain injuries in a fall as he attempted a huge jump in a snowboarding park in the Austrian Alps, an inquest heard.

Miles Kemp, 33, who had been wearing a helmet, was travelling at high speed and his head "took the impact" when his board clipped the edge of the jump and he spun out of control, Southwark coroner's court was told.

He continued snowboarding after the accident in March 2006 but then fell unconscious. He was treated in intensive care in Innsbruck and flown back to the UK. Mr Kemp lived in Fairlie House care home in West Norwood before dying last month. He was never again able to communicate despite intensive therapy. The management consultant from Blackheath was on the last day of a holiday with colleagues from Accenture. Mr Kemp was the stepson of property developer Ron Spinney whose company built the Brent Cross shopping centre.

Mr Kemp's mother Lu Spinney said today: "He was a very energetic and talented young man but he would always take care. …

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