A Massachusetts man was arrested this past Saturday for leaving the scene of a ski accident on Aspen Mountain. William Marsh, 61, was issued a summons by a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy at Aspen Square Condominiums, where he was staying. The arrest came after Marsh allegedly left the accident scene before ski patrol arrived, according to Pitkin County Sheriff Patrol Director Ann Stephenson.
When Marsh collided with another skier, he stopped to give him his personal and contact information. The other skier went to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was treated for a shoulder injury. A nurse at AVH called authorities to report the safety act violation, according to Stephenson.
However, the Colorado Ski Safety Act, under C.R.S. 33-44-109(10), provides that:
No skier involved in a collision with another skier or person in which an injury results shall leave the vicinity of the collision before giving his or her name and current address to an employee of the ski area operator or a member of the ski patrol, except for the purpose of securing aid for a person injured in the collision; in which event the person so leaving the scene of the collision shall give his or her name and current address as required by this subsection (10) after securing such aid.
Though local blogs appear filled with suggestions the move was heavy-handed, each year we see a growing number of individuals injured in ski slope “hit and run” collisions. Occasionally a skiing companion will pursue and apprehend the offending skier or snowboarder, but often the responsible party escapes accountability for his negligence. If there is a criminal penalty for such conduct which is enforced, it may discourage such callous and irresponisible behavior.