A New Jersey anesthesiologist was arrested on Valentine’s Day in an apparent “ski rage” incident involving a 12-year-old boy at Mountain Creek ski resort in Vernon, N.J. Mountain Creek is the closest ski area to New York City.

Dr. Samuel G. Caruthers, 44, of Mountain Lakes, punched the boy in the mouth and struck him with the end of a ski pole during the assault at the ski resort on Sunday afternoon, Vernon police Lt. Keith Kimkowski said in a news release.

Caruthers was skiing with his own child when the 12-year-old boy fell into them, prompting the assault, Kimkowski said. He currently faces charges of second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. The boy was visibly injured when police arrived at the scene, ploice reported.

Caruthers was later released pending an appearance in Sussex County Superior Court. Caruthers’ attorney, Robert Dunn, made a statement to the press. “My client had no intention of causing any harm to this young man,” Dunn said.
“It was more in the nature of an accident.”
Caruthers declined to provide additional comment, so it still is a mystery as to how punching a 12-year old is more in the nature of an accident.