Aspen man found dead after apparent snowmobile accident


Aspen, Colorado

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ASPEN, Colo. — A longtime member of the Aspen community has died as a result of an apparent snowmobile accident.

The Aspen Times reports that 59-year-old Jerome Hatem was discovered late Monday underneath a snowmobile on the back side of Aspen Mountain.

Authorities say Hatem’s death appears accidental and likely occurred Sunday night.

The newspaper reports that Hatem was a past president and organizer of the Gentlemen of Aspen rugby club.

Authorities say a resident told sheriff’s deputies he heard a snowmobile between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Officials say the man saw the snowmobile overturned uphill from his home the next morning but did not investigate until about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Police say the man “thought someone rolled it and walked home.”

The official cause of death remains under investigation.

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