A 26-year-old Nulato man says he was returning home from Koyukuk after a night of drinking when he struck Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King's teams in the early hours of Saturday with his snowmachine.
Arnold Demoski told Channel 2 News that when he woke up this morning and heard what happened to the mushers, he checked his snowmachine and knew he'd done it. The 2016 Ski-Doo was missing a cowling, or hood. Fresh, rust-colored stains marked the siding.
Demoski says he does not remember the collisions, which the Iditarod described as apparently intentional attacks. He also says he did not return to harass Zirkle later on the trail but says he wanted to check to make sure she was okay. He didn't have the courage to approach her and feared people would learn he had been drinking and driving, he said.
At first, Demoski said, he considered running and hiding. He said he called the village police officer to confess the crime.
"I just want to say I'm sorry," he said.
Repentance for one's wrong-doing is a necessary component, but there are consequences which must still be paid.
Don't get me wrong: he may truly be repentant, and - if so - I forgive him, for what it's worth. But the legal system must be satisfied, and I wouldn't want to be in Mr. Demoski's shoes.