Originally Posted by CTKook
This reminded me of a recent thread here where a middle-aged guy was talking about how he would've administered "justice" to a teenage girl involved in a similar collision. With all the talk, some are gonna act out. Glad the guy's facing felony charges, teenagers are people too.
I'm that middle aged (34yo) guy. I don't spank my kids (or my wife unless she explicitly asks haha).
My wife was rearended by an out of control skier who was 19yo. While my wife was lying on ground dazed with bloody nose, this kid comes at us screaming at me and my wife, "Who the F--- are you," "Where are you from... I'm a F'ing local." Ski patrol came over (he witnessed the incident and wrote the incident up as I've described) and she starts screaming at him as well... many expletives toward my wife and I, as well as Patroller.
Would I have hit this princess had patrol not been there? Had I been solo there with my temporarily incapacitated wife on the ground, with Princess screaming in my face, in my personal space, I may have. She never once checked my wife to see if she was okay, never once said, "sorry," never once acted concerned with anyone except herself. Meanwhile yelling at me???
What I'm most disturbed about, was the lack of the Patrollers ability to handle HER during her outburst. The Patroller substantiated the Princess' belief that BOTH my wife and her were "reckless" so that he could "diffuse the situation." He didn't control the situation by telling her to stifle. The princess skied off. Then he told US that my wife did nothing wrong, and that he would "hot" the Princess' pass (essentially she wouldn't be able to ski until she takes a remedial safety course). So the teenager thinks my wife was equally at fault, which is the whole darn problem in the first place.
If a cop saw me rearend an auto on the streets while driving, I would expect him to confront me with the fact that it was my fault... as that's the law. I expected the Patroller to confront the Princess. He failed IMHO, to point out the fact that you are responsible for avoiding downhill objects - skiers code. If her actions weren't enough to get her ejected, what would be worse?
My wife's back at work, and besides a resolving black eye, she'll likely be okay. I'm going to Keystone again in a few weeks, without the family. I am very disapointed in the Patrollers ability to Patrol. We will be looking at other Resorts in the future. Patrol needs to be Patrol, darnit. If Patrol isn't there to enforce the Code, who will?
If it happens again, I'll merely ski off with the perpetrators skis/board which will be "justice" enough. LOL. But at the time, with my wife incapacitated, I may have popped her one when her mouth was within 12 inches of my face screaming at me that it wasn't her fault, and my wife doesn't know what she's "f-ing talking about."
I wasn't there, so I won't comment on the ABasin incident, but there's always two sides to every story.
One last comment. In medical jargon, we no longer speak about motor vehicles accidents
. They are motor vehicle collisions
. Minor syntax change, but most collisions are preventable, and not truly accidental. Likewise, my wife's injuries were not accidental, as the other skier was not following the skier's code, which setup the collision in the first place. I'm not suggesting it was intentional, but it wasn't an accident, either.