By Matt Kroschel
VAIL, Colo. (CBS4)– Before being hit while skiing at Vail Resorts last week, Patricia Koenig didn’t need help getting out of bed. But now she can’t do it on her own.
After days in a Vail hospital following the collision, she continues to suffer in excruciating pain.
“I’m fractured everywhere. It’s going to take a long time to heal,” said Koenig.
She must undergo physical therapy for the simplest of actions. The person who hit her skied away without even stopping to check whether she was injured.
Koenig was victim of a skiing hit-and-run just before noon on Feb. 12.
She joins a growing group of people this season at ski slopes across the state who are victims of hit-and-run collisions.
The one involving Koenig occurred around 11:40 a.m. on Vail Mountain in the Game Creek Bowl area just below Chair 7.
“I was below the snow skiing swing on Chair 7. I looked left and right I saw which side my family was going and I was ready to take off and that’s the last thing I remember. The doctors feel he came directly from the back because of my injuries,” said Koenig.
A description of the hit-and-run suspect remains unknown because the collision was not witnessed by Koenig or the family. The collision has left her with serious injuries including a concussion and multiple fractures.
“I don’t know how someone can just walk away when someone is screaming, when you know you’ve hit that person,” said Koenig.
Koenig has a long road to recovery ahead of her and remains at an assisted living center while she goes through physical therapy treatment.
Since there is no security footage or even an accurate description of the suspect, investigators are hoping someone who saw what happened will talk to investigators.
Anyone who witnessed what happened, even if the detail seems minor, is asked to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,500 reward from the Crime Stoppers.