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.