13-Year-Old Injured In Beaver Creek Ski Collision, Deputies Need Help Identifying Suspect

13-Year-Old Injured In Beaver Creek Ski Collision, Deputies Need Help Identifying Suspect

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13-Year-Old Injured In Beaver Creek Ski Collision, Deputies Need Help Identifying Suspect

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Eagle County Sheriff’s Office investigators are searching for the suspect in a ski collision that left a teen seriously injured at Beaver Creek Ski Resort. 9News reports the incident happened around 2 p.m. on Sunday when an unknown adult mall collided with the 13-year-old victim.

The boy was making turns near the bottom of Grubstake Trail when he said an older man “straight-lining it” toward him at a high rate of speed who appeared to be out of control and collided with him.  The teen suffered multiple injuries including a broken clavicle.

The suspect is described as being a man in his 60s wearing black pants, an older-looking black or gray jacket, goggles with a red strap and purple lenses, an older-looking black helmet and green and black ski. He was also described as having sunspots on his face and no facial hair.

The victim, who was skiing with an adult friend and their child, was the only witness of the collision. The adult and the child witnessed a man similar to the suspect’s description, briefly stop to say sorry to the victim after picking himself back up.

Colorado law requires anyone involved in a collision with another skier to give their name and current address to the person injured in the collision, and an employee of the ski area operator or a member of ski patrol.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 970-328-8500, or callers can remain anonymous by submitting tips through Eagle County Crime Stoppers and be eligible for a reward. You can contact them at 970-328-7007 or submit tips online.  If you saw something or know someone who fits this description please reach out. 

EAGLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE STATEMENT: 

Unsolved Skier Collision in ‘Bachelor Gulch’ at Beaver Creek Ski Resort

Eagle County, Colo. – On Sunday, January 30th, 2022 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a skier collision occurred, when an unknown adult male collided with a 13-year-old victim who was left at the scene with several injuries.

The collision occurred at the Beaver Creek Ski Resort in the Bachelor Gulch area. The young teen was “making ‘S’ turns” near the bottom of the Grubstake Trail, right above the ‘Upper (BC Mtn) Express Lift’. The victim remembers an older gentleman “straight-lining” it towards him at a high rate of speed who appeared to be skiing out of control, and just “took him out”.

The hit and run suspect is described as a white male in his 60’s wearing black pants, an older-looking black or gray jacket, with an older-looking black helmet. The man had on goggles with a red strap and purple lenses, he had no facial hair, sunspots on his face, and was wearing green and black skis.

The collision was only witnessed by the victim who was skiing between an adult friend of the family (who hiked back up) and their child who was skiing behind the victim.  The adult friend and their child did not witness the collision but remembered a male suspect (as described) when he stopped briefly to say he was sorry to the victim after picking himself back up. The collision has left the victim with several injuries including a broken clavicle.

The Colorado Law definition of ‘Duties of Skiers’ C.R.S. 33-44-109 (10) is: 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, in which leaving the scene he/she shall give his/her name and current address as required to the person which injured in the collision.

The Eagle County Crime Stoppers is asking for the community’s help to identify a possible suspect and assist the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation.

If you think you may have any information about the suspect or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or the Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007 or at 1-800-962-TIPS. You may also submit your tip online at www.p3tips.com or send a mobile tip using the free ‘P3 Tips’ mobile app. If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn a CASH reward from the Eagle County Crime Stoppers.

Person’s charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

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