Vail snowboarder avoids jail time
Aspen, CO Colorado
EAGLE ” A snowboarder who collided with an 8-year-old girl on Vail Mountain was ordered Monday to do 75 hours of community service and pay $344 in fines.
Christopher Dunsmore, 23, of Arizona, also was sentenced to one year of probation and a 30-day suspended jail term that he will not have to serve if he completes other terms of his sentence, said Arleen Sandberg of the District Attorney’s Office.
Dunsmore originally was accused of third-degree assault in addition to drunken skiing and leaving an accident scene in violation of the Colorado Skier Safety Act after the Dec. 2 crash.
He pleaded guilty in April to harassment and could have faced up to six months in jail and a $750 fine, Assistant District Attorney Karen Romeo said.
After the crash, Vail Mountain security found Dunsmore at a bar at the base of the mountain. Dunsmore admitted drinking three beers and two shots before the collision, although he would not take a breathalyzer test, police have said.
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The girl suffered several bruises and a split lip.
The 8-year-old’s father, Kiril Petrovski, of Edwards, was ticketed for third-degree assault after he allegedly punched Dunsmore in the face.
Petrovski is charged with third-degree assault and his trial is scheduled for August, said District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.
Petrovski declined comment. A phone number for Dunsmore could not be found.
Dunsmore may have to pay restitution for the girl’s medical bills, but the District Attorney’s Office has not yet ordered it, Sandberg said.
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