Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Snowmobile Fatality Summary - 2014/2015 Season

Updated through April 20, 2015

# Date/Time Location Type & Cause of Incident / Fatality Age / Sex BAC / Residency WI Safety Certified / Helmet
1. 12/22/14 1:37am
Forest Co. / Town of Freedom - Lake
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
22 / M
.228 / WI
Yes / No
The victim drove at a high rate of speed across a frozen lake and struck the shoreline on the opposite side of the lake.
2. 12/28/14 12:26am
Lincoln Co. / Town of Bradley - Lake
Struck by Snowmobile / Speed, Carless Operation
41 / F
.060 / WI
NA / Yes
The victim was a passenger on snowmobile traveling across a lake in a group when the operator hit a bump that caused the victim to fall off the snowmobile. The victim was then struck by the snowmobile following behind them.
3. 12/28/14 1:30am
Iron Co. / Town of Carey - Road / Route
Struck a Fixed Object / Alcohol, Speed
49 / M
.212 / IL
No / Yes
The victim failed to negotiate a corner, left the road, became airborne and struck a tree.
4. 01/09/15 2:42pm
Vilas Co. / Town of St Germain - Trail
Struck by Snowmobile / Speed, Inexperience
34 / M
Pending / WI
Yes / Yes
The victim fell from his snowmobile and was struck by another snowmobile in his group that was following behind him.
5. 01/14/15 NA
Oneida Co. / Town of Newbold - Trail
Struck a Fixed Object / Alcohol
45 / M
.142 / WI
Yes / Yes
The victim was found lying on a trail with his snowmobile resting against some trees. Subject was transported to a medical facility and later died on January 19, 2015. The crash is under investigation.
6. 01/18/15 7:23pm
Waupaca Co. / City of Manawa - Pond
Struck a Fixed Object / Alcohol, Speed
26 / M
.224 / WI
Yes / Yes
The victim struck the shoreline.
7. 01/18/15 7:45pm
Oconto Co. / Township of Mountain - Pond
Roll Over / Alcohol, Speed
34 / M
.162 / WI
Yes / No
The victim attempted to make a high speed turn resulting in a roll over.
8. 01/31/15 7:25pm
Douglas Co. / Town of Gordon - Road (Not a Route)
Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol
70 / M
Pending / MN
No / Yes
The victim was operating at a high rate of speed on a curve when he left the roadway, hit a bump or mound, went airborne and struck a tree.
9. 02/19/15 5:00pm
Oneida Co. / Lake Tomahawk - Private Property
Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol
55 / M
.182 / WI
No / No
The victim was operating on a non-public trail on private property when he struck a tree.
10. 02/22/15 6:34am
Clark Co. / Town of Warner - Road/Route
Struck a Fixed Object / Alcohol, Speed
22 / M
.116 / WI
Yes / Yes
The victim continued straight where the trail curved and struck a tree.
11. 02/28/15 11:02am
Vilas Co. / Town of St. Germain - Road/Route
Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Operator Inexperience
19 / F
.000 / WI
No / Yes
The victim entered a corner, failed to negotiate the curve causing the victim to cross into the oncoming lane and struck a tree.
12. 03/07/15 3:46pm
Waukesha Co. / Town of Vernon - Road (Not a Route)
Struck a Fixed Object / Operating in a Closed Area, Alcohol
27 / M
.225 / WI
Yes / Yes
The victim was traveling in a public park property on a road closed to motor vehicle use and collided with a steel chain gating off the road.