13 March 2016

UPDATE: Snowmachine Rider Identified, Confesses

UPDATE:

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.

6 comments:

Dixon Webb said...

I don't have your "forgiveness gene. The guy should be shot in both legs with a 22 short. I'd like to see him with pain for the rest of his life as a reminder of stupidity..

Rev. Paul said...

I do understand, sir, but I'm bound by my Lord's admonition to let Him be the judge. He has forgiven me, so I must forgive others when their repentance is sincere.

Old NFO said...

That is... I just don't have words...

Rev. Paul said...

I understand, NFO. I don't get it, either.

deborah harvey said...

those attacks were on purpose!

Rev. Paul said...

deborah, I believe that's the consensus opinion.