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.
Organizers request friends and family leave their dogs at home for the service.
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 to Monday.
The Westchester County, N.Y., medical examiner reiterated Thursday his confidence that Slopeside Grill owner Chris Corna's death was a suicide.
Although Deputy Medical Examiner Alexander Milovanovic would not discuss the specific details that led him to his conclusion, he clarified that Corna suffered only one knife cut across his neck. Port Chester police initially reported that Corna had suffered multiple knife wounds.
Corna died early Monday in Port Chester, N.Y., after he crossed the centerline of U.S. Highway 1 in a rented car and crashed into the foundation of a railroad bridge. Milovanovic has said either the crash or the cut could have been the fatal injury.
"I understand how much pain this tragedy brought to all his friends, but we (made the determination) with reliable information, and everything is consistent with suicide," Milovanovic said. "This very incident is plain, simple suicide."
Milovanovic said he reached his conclusion based on his examination of Corna and evidence provided by the Port Chester Police Department.
"I would not place any death in a category without having evidence. I have to defend my decision," he said. "In fact, for a suicide determination we need something that points that this was a deliberate act."
Port Chester police said Thursday that their investigation is not complete, and they declined to provide any additional details.
Milovanovic said his work in the investigation is done, but he will continue to work with police as needed. The Steamboat Pilot & Today has submitted a request to the medical examiner's office for the autopsy report, but because the toxicology report is included in the autopsy and could take several weeks, the findings are not expected for several weeks.
Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, said Thursday that the DA's Office is not involved in the investigation.
Phone messages left for Corna's parents and fiancee were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon and evening.
Memorial services are planned for 5 p.m. Sunday at Slopeside Grill. A second service also is planned for Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. Details for the Ohio service are not available.
Friends and family are requested to leave their dogs at home during Sunday's service at Slopeside.
In tribute to Corna, Go Alpine will provide complimentary shuttle service Sunday from the service 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.