If you go
What: Chris Corna memorial service
When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Slopeside Grill, 1855 Ski Time Square Drive
Call: Lindsey Grannis at 846-5680 for more information
Donations: In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in Corna's name to Routt County Humane Society at 879-7247 or Doak Walker Care Center in care of the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley at 871-0700.
Free shuttle and food: In tribute to Corna, Go Alpine will provide complimentary shuttle service Sunday from the memorial to in-town locations from 7 to 9 p.m. Cafe Diva is offering complimentary hors d' oeuvres after the service and is moving its Sunday reservations for "date night" to Monday.
Steamboat Springs The Westchester County, N.Y., Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Slopeside Grill owner Chris Corna a suicide.
"I cannot disclose information," Deputy Medical Examiner Alexander Milovanovic said Wednesday, "but we have enough to conclude that was a suicide."
Port Chester Police Department officials said they have confidence in the medical examiner but that they have not yet concluded all steps of their own investigation.
"Although : now it appears the determination may in fact be suicide," Det. Lt. Royal Monroe said, "we have not completed all the investigation matters that need to be completed. : Obviously, the medical examiner is very skilled. : That doesn't mean our side of the investigation is complete."
Early Monday morning, Corna, 45, crossed the centerline on U.S. Highway 1 in Port Chester, N.Y., and crashed into the foundation of a railroad bridge, according to police. He was found alone in the car and no other vehicles were involved in the accident, police said.
Corna's injuries included stab wounds inconsistent with his car accident in the town about 30 miles northeast of Manhattan.
Lt. James Ladeairous said the stab wounds on Corna's neck and chest appeared to be made by a knife that was found in the rented car Corna was driving. Ladeairous said there were no witnesses of the accident. There have been no arrests, and Monroe would not say whether there are any suspects or people of interest.
"I don't discuss the details of investigations," Monroe said.
Monroe said reports related to the investigation would be released when the investigation is complete. The Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office said a request for their autopsy report would have to be made in writing. The Steamboat Pilot & Today has sent a request.
Corna's fiancee, Lisette Coen, said she received text messages from Corna's phone shortly before his death. Ladeairous said he could not say whether Corna also made contact with anyone else.
"He supposedly had text somebody that he was upset about something," Ladeairous said.
News of Corna's death has devastated friends and family members across the country, from his mother's home in Los Angeles to Steamboat Springs, Corna's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and Coen's home in Greenwich, Conn.
Corna called Steamboat home for the past 17 years. He had been visiting Coen and her four children in Greenwich since early May and proposed to her last week. Coen said she did not notice Corna leaving her house the night of the accident.
"It's beyond words," Coen said Tuesday. "He always told me he wanted to be my rock, and he was. He was the type of person you want your son to be like."
Port Chester is across the state line from Greenwich. Ladeairous said Corna was driving south on U.S. 1 away from Greenwich and in the direction of New York City.
Ladeairous said Corna could have been driving between 35 and 55 mph when he struck the foundation of the railroad overpass. The posted speed limit on U.S. 1 through Port Chester is 30 mph. A toxicology report is pending.
Flowers, photos, notes and mementos have been placed outside Slopeside Grill at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. Memorial services are planned for 5 p.m. Sunday at Slopeside, and in Columbus, Ohio. Details for the latter service are not available.
"Steamboat will never be the same without Chris Corna," friend Lindsey Grannis said Monday. "He was one of a kind, and a big piece of my life is missing."
In tribute to Corna, Go Alpine will provide complimentary shuttle service Sunday from the memorial at Slopeside to in-town locations from 7 to 9 p.m. Cafe Diva is offering complimentary hors d' oeuvres after the service and is moving its Sunday reservations to Monday.