SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A skier who tried to jump the crowd at the annual Slopesoakers pond-skimming event at Copper Mountain may face felony charges.
Hayden Wright crashed into the crowd on Saturday afternoon during the closing weekend ceremonies. Several people were injured, including one woman who suffered a broken collarbone.
According to the Summit Daily, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is discussing additional charges against Wright, 26, of Englewood. He was initially charged with third-degree assault and a violation of the skier safety act, both misdemeanors.
Witnesses told authorities that Wright was seen before the event with a bloody mary in his hand and was apparently telling people that he was going to “jump the crowd.”
The event is typically rowdy with many people taking their runs in crazy costumes but this type of behavior is unusual, according to Copper Mountain officials.
Once the investigation is complete, the results will be reviewed by the district attorney’s office and appropriate charges will be determined.
Anyone with information related to the actions before or after the event or injuries is asked to contact Detective Scott Wagner at 970.423.8913.