Michael McKiernan, the snowboarder accused of running over a skier on Little Nell run near the base of Aspen, appears to be innocent after one of his friends confessed that he was the one who actually crashed into John Powers this past week.
Powers, a regular guest and skier @Aspen who hails from Illinois, said that McKiernan caused the accident and that story was backed up by at least three other witnesses. However, notable concessions from Powers put his claim into doubt, such as saying he did not see the boarder who hit him.
“I want to set it straight and make sure people know (Michael McKiernan) didn’t do that… I want to come forward so he doesn’t take the fall.” – Connor Marx (*Quote courtesy of the Aspen Times)
The person responsible is a friend of McKiernan’s, 26 year-old Connor Marx. Marx confessed to the Aspen Times on Tuesday via phone call. Marx says that Powers was sitting beneath a roller and before he knew it, he was crashing into the unaware skier.
Marx has since requested Power’s phone number to submit a personal apology. He claims that he didn’t check on the victim because he looked okay from a distance. He regrets that decision but according to reports has not yet talked to anyone with the Aspen Police Department.
Find the entire Aspen Times article here: Second boarder comes forward to take blame for collision on Aspen Mountain