Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Snowmobile Fatality Summary - 2013/2014 Season

Updated through May 13, 2014

# Date/Time Location Type & Cause of Incident / Fatality Age / Sex BAC / Residency WI Safety Certified / Helmet
1. 10/26/13 9:30am
Polk Co. / Town of Osceola - Parking Lot
Collision with a fixed object / Operator Inexperience, Speed
13 / F
.000 / WI
NA / Yes
Victim was completing her last turn of the driving course and was observed advancing the throttle while making her last turn and struck a fixed object.
2. 12/15/13 4:20pm
Dodge Co. / Township of Elba - Frozen River
Collision with a fixed object / Alcohol, Speed, Operator Inexperience
24 / F
.070 / WI
No / Yes
The victim was traveling on a frozen river when she hit a patch of open water, lost control and struck a tree.
3. 12/27/13 1:02pm
Columbia Co. / Township of Randolph - Private Property
Collision with a fixed object / Snow Conditions, Inexperience
36 / M
.000 / MI
No / Yes
The victim was traveling down a field road in powdery unpacked snow and got off into deeper snow, pulling him off the field road. As he tried to correct to get back onto the road he accelerated striking an embankment and then a tree.
4. 12/31/13 11:28pm
Jackson Co. / Township of Manchester - Highway (not a route)
Collision with a fixed object / Inability to Contraol Snowmobile
68 / F
.000 / IL
No / Yes
The victim was operating along the roadway and struck a culvert which resulted in the snowmobile rolling onto the victim.
5. 1/1/14 2:39am
Sawyer Co. / Township of Round Lake - Lake
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
35 / M
NA / MN
No / Yes
The victim traveled off a lake onto shore, crashing through an attached deck and into a cabin which caught fire and burned to the ground.
6. 1/10/14 10:00pm
Racine Co. / Town of Caledonia - Field
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
53 / M
.251 / WI
No / No
The victim rode up an earthen berm and became airborne and entered a wooded area impacting multiple trees.
7. 1/11/14 3:06pm
Price Co. / Town of Worcester - Road/Route
Collision with a fixed object / Speed
70 / F
0.00 / WI
No / Yes
The victim was operating down a road/route and cut the corner at a trail crossing. The victim rode into the ditch line to turn which caused the snowmobile to be sucked into deep snow. The snowmobile then tipped and accelerated; impacting two cables and eventually a tree.
8. 1/15/14 10:15pm
Polk Co. / Town of Georgetown - Lake
Ejected, Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
20 / F
NA / WI
NA / Yes
Operator with passenger was traveling across the lake at a high rate of speed and turned sharply to avoid an ice shanty which ejected the passenger into the shanty. Operator was arrested for OWI, BAC .099.
9. 1/21/14 8:30pm
Adams Co. / Town of New Haven - Trail
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
38 / M
.230 / WI
No / Yes
Operator struck a tree after he failed to follow the trail upon entering a wooded area.
10. 1/25/14 7:06pm
Polk Co. / Town of Amery - Lake
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, No helmet
26 / M
.214 / WI
No / No
Operator was operating on frozen river surface intending to skip open water under a bridge and struck his head on the bottom of the bridge as he passed under it.
11. 1/25/14 9:31pm
St Croix Co / Stanton Township - Trail
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
46 / M
.162 / WI
Yes / Yes
Operator failed to negotiate a corner in the trail colliding with trees.
12. 1/25/14 2:39am
Chippewa / Howard - Trail
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
39 / M
.186 / WI
No / Yes
Operator failed to negotiate a corner in the trail colliding with trees.
13. 1/30/14 1:06pm
Fond du Lac / Village of New Fane - Trail
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol, Drugs
47 / M
.073 / WI
No / Yes
Operator failed to negotiate a corner in the trail hit a small embankment on the side of the trail at which point the snowmobile and operator both collided with a tree.
14. 2/01/14 1:52am
Florence / Tipler - Road/Route
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
48 / M
.130 / WI
No / Yes
Operator failed to negotiate a slight curve on the route and continued straight off the route and collided with a tree.
15. 2/01/14 2:20am
Iron / Mercer - Trail
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
46 / M
.270 / IL
No / Yes
Victim dropped the right ski off the trail losing control and striking trees.
16. 2/22/14 8:00pm
Walworth / Township of Delavan - Lake
Collision with a fixed object, Ejected / Speed, Alcohol
51 / M
.226 / WI
No / Yes
Victim collided with a peninsula shoreline containing cattails and was ejected.
17. 2/23/14 4:06pm
Winnebago / Clayton Township - Trail
Collision with a vehicle / Failing to obey posted trail markers/signs, Speed
62 / M
.000 / WI
No / Yes
Victim failed to stop at a posted stop sign on the trail and was struck by a vehicle.
18. 3/06/14 8:36pm
Vernon / Stark Township - Trail
Collision with a fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
31 / M
.050 / WI
No / Yes
Victim was traveling at a high rate of speed and struck a tree.
19. 3/07/14 10:03pm
Chippewa / Wheaton Township - Trail
Collision with a fixed object / Speed
20 / M
.000 / WI
Yes / Yes
Victim was traveling at a high rate of speed and struck a tree.
20. 3/08/14 3:30pm
Juneau / Township of Lemonweir - Private Property-Field
Collision with fixed object / Misjudged Distance
13 / M
NA / WI
NA / No
Victim was being towed behind a snowmobile on an inner tube with a 60' rope in a large open field when he struck a tree in a tree line.
21. 3/08/14 10:30pm
Sawyer / Town of Spider Lake - Lake
Ejected / Speed, Alcohol
56 / M
.140 / WI
Yes / Yes
Victim was operating at a high rate of speed when he went airborne, lost control and crashed onto the ice surface.
22. 3/09/14 5:10pm
Bayfield / Town of Namakagen - Trail
Collision with fixed object / Speed, Alcohol
51 / M
.162 / IA
No / Yes
Victim was operating on a straight stretch of trail leading to a curve and appeared to lose control prior to entering the curve and struck a tree.
23. 3/16/14 2:00am
Adams / Town of Castle Rock - Lake
Lost control / Speed, Alcohol
57 / M
NA / IL
No / Yes
Victim was operating on frozen lake when he lost control of the snowmobile.