The victim of a hit-and-run at Aspen Highlands, CO earlier this year managed to identify and locate the man who allegedly hit him by becoming an internet sleuth and trawling through Instagram images from the day of the accident.
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The victim was hit on the catwalk at the bottom of Upper Jerome, a blue run approaching the base area, and thrown up to 20-yards by a skier who was skiing fast and was intoxicated. The uphill skier who caused the crash failed to stop and exchange details as is expected under the Colorado Ski Safety Act. The victim, from Illinois, suffered a broken humerus amongst other injuries. The man responsible did approach the victim but did not exchange any details.
“Defendant quickly put his skis back on and fled down the mountain before ski patrol arrived.”
– the lawsuit said
It is understood that Dimitri Katamanin, the alleged suspect, had been partying at the on-mountain Cloud Nine Bistro, a venue infamous for its party scene and drinking. The victim found Instagram images and videos of Katamanin, from Chicago, IL, spraying champagne at the Cloud Nine Bistro about an hour before the incident on February 20th, the Aspen Times reports.
The skier was with three men and two women, the suit said, who all skied off without exchanging details.