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Official: LI woman's snowmobile death an accident

Kristen Bednar of East Patchogue, with her husband

Kristen Bednar of East Patchogue, with her husband Michael. Kristen Bednar died Dec. 31, 2009, after sustaining severe head trauma in a snowmobile accident in Vermont. Credit: Handout

The death of an East Patchogue woman in a New Year's Eve snowmobile crash has been ruled accidental, the New Hampshire chief medical examiner's office has ruled.

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Kristen Bednar, 30, crashed into a tree while snowmobiling in southern Vermont and was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where she died, police said.

The medical examiner's office has determined that Bednar suffered "blunt impact injuries to the head and chest" and "an accident was the cause and manner," a spokeswoman said Monday. The spokeswoman declined to comment further.

Bednar was a teacher at Birch Lane Elementary School in Massapequa.

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