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Collisions on ski slopes are not uncommon and, though most ski safety laws require exchange of information between the involved parties, occasionally a hit-and-run will result. But in this story from Aspen, a hit-and-run was complicated by a case of mistaken identity.

On January 11, 2018 two friends, McKierman and Marx, were snowboarding down Little Nell at Aspen. One of the two blindsided a skier on the slope.

An Aspen ski instructor confronted McKierman and asked for his ski pass, both McKierman and his girlfriend reportedly became verbally abusive. Witnesses reported that the girlfriend was stabbing at witnesses with her ski poles. A second Aspen employee approached McKierman, when McKierman began throwing punches. McKierman and his girlfriend attempted to leave the ski resort by taxi, but the driver, having witnessed the confrontation, refused to drive them.

Police caught McKierman and charged him with disorderly conduct.

On January 15th, the second snowboarder, Marx, called The Aspen Times and confessed to be the offending snowboarder. McKierman had insisted that the skier was down when he came upon him on the slope, and evidently Marx had run over the man’s skis and kept going. Aspen police acknowledged that they were aware of the confession but it was unknown whether further action would be taken against Marx.