Snowmobiler Killed in Serious Crash on Aspen Mountain, CO

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A Washington, DC man died in a snowmobile crash on the backside of Aspen Mountain, CO Saturday night, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday morning.

A statement issued by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office identified the man as John Boyd, 40, who was on vacation in the Aspen area. The cause and manner of death are under investigation, according to the statement from Deputy Coroner Eric Hansen.

midnight mine road, aspen, Colorado
Midnight Mine Road, Aspen, CO

According to the Aspen Daily News, the crash occurred up Midnight Mine Road, about one mile from the top of Aspen Mountain. Pitkin County dispatchers received a 911 call at 7:21 pm Saturday and dispatched two Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol members, as well as Mountain Rescue Aspen personnel. They arrived on the scene using snowmobiles and determined that the victim was deceased, the release says.

“It appears he ran off the road and crashed,” he said, adding that Boyd’s friend did not witness the actual accident.

Boyd had been riding with a friend who was on a separate snowmobile. When the friend noticed that Boyd was not right behind him, he turned back and discovered the accident, Benjamin said.

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