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Police release sketch of Beaver Creek skier collision suspect

BEAVER CREEK — The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has released an artist’s rendering of a suspect who was involved in a skier collision on Beaver Creek on April 8. They are seeking any information that may lead to the suspect, who is described as being in his mid-20s with long, light brown, shoulder-length hair, with a stocky build of 200 pounds or more. He was wearing all tan and dark green camouflage snowboarding gear at the time of the collision. The suspect was last seen on Tuesday, April 8, around 2:45 p.m., on Beaver Creek Mountain underneath the Cinch Express Lift near the intersection of the Sheephorn and Centennial runs located just above the Spruce Saddle Lodge.

The suspect is a snowboarder who collided with 60-year-old Avon skier Jeff Kovacik. He then left the Kovacik and did not wait for ski patrol to arrive on scene. Beaver Creek Ski Patrol responded and provided emergency rescue aide to Kovacik, who was later transported to the hospital with serious injuries, from which he is still recovering.

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If you think you may have any information about the suspect of this crime, then please call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at www.tip submit.com or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspect involved, then you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers.


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