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March 20, 2014
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Man arrested for alleged hit and run in Snowmass

A Carbondale man faces charges connected to an alleged hit-and-run accident that happened Monday in Snowmass Village.

Randall Lee Kimmel, 67, was advised Wednesday in Pitkin County District Court that he faces a Class 4 felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident, along with misdemeanor counts of failure to report or return to the scene of an accident and failure to provide notice of an accident.

Authorities arrested Kimmel on Wednesday. The alleged victim was a 31-year-old woman who was reportedly walking across the pedestrian crosswalk on Brush Creek Road, just above the Wood Road intersection. At approximately 7:45 p.m., a vehicle struck her, according to an affidavit filed by the Snowmass Village Police Department. She was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital, where a physician determined that she had suffered “serious bodily injury,” the affidavit says.

Meanwhile, Snowmass police collected video surveillance from the Conoco gas station next to the intersection where the accident allegedly occurred. Additionally, a Snowmass officer put together vehicle debris found at the scene of the accident and matched it with a 1988 Dodge Dakota that another officer found in a Snowmass Village parking lot, the affidavit says.

A police officer recognized the vehicle as belonging to Kimmel. On Tuesday, police visited him at Up for Pizza, an an-mountain restaurant that Kimmel manages.

There, Kimmel told an officer that “I don’t really know if I hit anybody,” later saying that “I didn’t really, I thought I heard something, but I had my tunes in.”

After his shift, police arrested Kimmel, who admitted that “he was unsure of any indication that he hit anything as he traveled through the intersection,” the affidavit says. “However, something caused Kimmel to look in his rearview mirror before continuing on. ... Kimmel said he didn’t think he hit anything going through the intersection as he was wearing his ear buds listening to music on his iPhone.”

Kimmel also said he consumed two non-alcoholic beers at the Mountain Dragon before getting into this truck. Mountain Dragon bartenders confirmed that with police but added that he also had multiple shots of Grand Marnier.

Kimmel was released from the Pitkin County Jail after posting bond Wednesday.


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The Aspen Times Updated Mar 20, 2014 12:00AM Published Mar 20, 2014 12:00AM Copyright 2014 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.