On the afternoon of January 2, 2010, a 9 year old female victim was struck and injured by an unknown white male snowboarder while on the slopes at Bear Mountain Ski Resort, California. The male snowboarder struck the victim and continued down the run without making contact with the victim. The young girl sustained injuries that included a compound fracture to her femur and severe facial injuries. The victim was flown to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Now the local police are asking the public for help in locating the snowboarder. The suspect is described as a white male adult, 25-30 years of age, approximately 5’10” – 6’2″ tall, wearing a black and white jacket, black pants, and using a black snowboard. The Big Bear Sheriff Station has taken a report and is actively investigating all leads to identify the suspect. Detectives of the station have worked with the victim and her family to produce a composite sketch of the suspect.
It is a criminal act to leave the scene of a skiing accident under California Penal Code section 653i, which states, in part: “Any person who is involved in a skiing accident and who leaves the scene of an accident knowing or having reason to believe that any other person involved in the accident is in need of medical and other assistance, except to notify the proper authorities or to obtain assistance, shall be guilty. . . .”
In Colorado the same duty to remain at the scene of a ski accident applies. The Colorado Ski Safety Act, § 33-44-109. Duties of skiers – penalties, provides:
(10) 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 this law was amended in 2006, it is a relatively new development to have law enforcement actively seek offenders for prosecution.