Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Snowmobile Fatality Summary - 2009/2010 Season

Updated through July 20, 2010 - 3:00PM

# Date/Time Location Type & Cause of Incident / Fatality Age / Sex BAC / Residency WI Safety Certified / Helmet
1. 12/18/09 Town of Brazeau Collision with a fixed object 31 .066 No
  10:25PM Oconto County (Route) Speed/Alcohol/Drugs M WI Yes
The victim had crested a hill with a slight curve and was unable to control the snowmobile. It appears he was moving fast enough that he was unable to stay on the roadway, crossed over the roadway and continued on the opposite side before climbing a snow bank and hitting a tree.
2. 12/19/09 Town of Three Lakes Collision with a fixed object 20 .207 No
  1:35AM Oneida County (Route) Speed/Alcohol F IL Yes
The victim and a companion left a bar after consuming several alcoholic beverages and failed to follow the snowmobile route, lost control and attempted to brake for approximately 200 feet and went airborne prior to striking the residence.
3. 12/19/09 Town of Seneca Struck by a Vehicle 41 .247 No
  6:24PM Crawford County (Public Rd) Speed/Alcohol M IA No
The victim was witnessed traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to stop before crossing a state highway. The victim was thrown from the snwomobile onto the state highway and into the path of a pickup truck.
4. 12/23/09 Town of Mukwonago Rollover/Ejection/Collision With a Fixed Object 17 0.00 N/A
  12:05AM Waukesha County (Lake) Speed/Drugs F WI No
The victim was a passenger on a snowmobile racing another snowmobile across a lake. The male operator swerved to avoid a motor vehicle on the ice and both driver and passenger were thrown from the snowmobile. The victim sustained major injuries after colliding with the motor vehicle and passed away on 12/26/2009. The victim and driver were not wearing helmets. Test results revealed that the operator had marijuana in his system at the time, but no alcohol.
5. 12/27/09 Town of Bradley Collision With a Fixed Object 22 .118 Yes
  4:30AM Lincoln County (Route) Speed/Alcohol M WI Yes
The victim was lead snowmobile in a group of two when they became lost. The victim was operating at a high rate of speed on a snowmobile road route when he failed to negotiate a 90 degree turn, left the road and collided with a tree.
6. 01/01/2010 Town of Pelican Collision With Motor Vehicle 42 .249 No
  12:55AM Oneida County (Road) Alcohol/Illegal Roadway Operation M WI No
The victim was the first in a group of six snowmobilers operating on the shoulder of a state highway, against traffic. A motor vehicle traveling towards them collided head-on with the first three snowmobiles, killing the first rider and injuring three others on the next two following snowmobiles.
7. 01/01/2010 Town of Fifield Struck by Another Snowmobile 27 0.32 No
  1:00AM Price County (Lake) Speed/Alcohol M WI Yes
The victim was traveling at a high rate of speed across a lake when he fell off his snowmobile and was struck by his companion, following behind.
8. 01/01/2010 Town of Mt. Morris Collision With a Fixed Object 42 .131 No
  >1:00AM-Pending Waushara County (Public Trail) Speed/Hypothermia/Alcohol/Drugs M WI Yes
The victim failed to make a 90 degree turn, left the trail and traveled through a barbed wire fence and eventually struck a plow.
9. 01/01/2010 Town of Salem Collision With a Fixed Object 43 .263 No
  7:11PM Kenosha County (Lake) Speed/Alcohol M WI Yes
The victim was traveling at a high rate of speed when he struck the side of one unoccupied permanent ice shanty and continued on to strike a second permanent ice shanty occupied by two fishermen. One of the fishermen was injured in the crash.
10. 01/09/2010 City of Menasha Broke through Ice 30 .167 No
  10:00 PM Winnebago (River/Lake) Open Water/Alcohol M WI Yes
The victim was traveling with companion, #11, and never returned home. A search was conducted by the Winnebago Co. Sheriff's Dive Team locating the victim on 01/11/2010
11. 01/09/2010 City of Menasha Broke through Ice 29 .015 Yes
  10:00 PM Winnebago (River/Lake) Open Water/Alcohol M WI Yes
The victim was traveling with companion #10, and never returned home. A search was conducted by the Winnebago Co. Sheriff's Dive Team locating the victim on 01/12/2010.
12. 01/23/2010 Town of Doty Collision with Fixed Object 63 0.00 No
  12:53PM Oconto County (Trail) Speed/Inexperience/Rain M WI Yes
The victim was 3rd in line of 4 snowmobiles and failed to negotiate a down hill curve and collided with a tree. There was misting precipitation at the time which may have limited visibility and may have contributed to the incident.
13. 02/01/2010 Town of Lafayette Collision with Fixed Object 81 0.0 No
  4:00PM Chippewa County (Creek) Speed M WI No
The victim attempted to go down a bank at a high rate of speed onto a creek, lost control of his snowmobile, going airborne and striking a boulder underneath a bridge and then striking the bridge pillar.
14. 02/04/2010 Town of Meenon Struck by Snowmobile 41 0.208 No
  12:50AM Burnett County (Road) Speed/Alcohol M WI Yes
The victim was riding a snowmobile down a road with three other snowmobilers. The victim collided with the snowmobile in front of him, was ejected and then struck by one or more snowmobiles that were following him. All the subjects were arrested for operating while intoxicated. Other charges are pending.
15. 02/05/2010 Town of Freedom Collision with a Fixed Object 66 0.0 No
  9:47AM Forest County (Trail) Too fast for conditions/Inexperience M WI Yes
The victim was riding last in a party of seven snowmobiles when on a gradual curve he left the trail and struck a tree.
16. 02/05/2010 Town of Boulder Junction Collision with a Fixed Object 26 0.0 No
  1:48PM Vilas County (Trail) Too Fast For Conditions M IL Yes
When the victim approached a curve to the right on the trial he lost control of the snowmobile. It appears that the traveled along the left side of the trial onto a banked edge of the trail, then crossed back over to the right side of the trail and fell, or was thrown from the snowmobile and struck a tree.
17. 02/08/2010 Town of Mercer Collision with a Fixed Object 44 .224 No
  3:00AM Iron County (Trail) Speed/Alcohol M WI Yes
The victim attempted but was unable to stop at a stop sign, went off the trail into some bumps and was attempting to get back onto the trail when he struck a post.
18. 02/09/2010 Village of Bruce Collision with Snowmobile 16 0.0 No
  3:35PM Rusk County (Trail) Failure to Stay Right M WI Yes
The victim was operating a snowmobile in the center of the trail when an oncoming snowmobile collided with the left front side of the snowmobile. The victim and his passenger were both ejected. The victim's passenger, as well as the operator of the other snowmobile, sustained non-life threatening injuries.
19. 02/15/2010 Town of Green Lake Collision with Fixed Object 31 0.284 No
  10:40PM Green Lake County (Lake) Alcohol/Speed M WI Yes
The victim was traveling at a high rate of speed across the frozen lake when he struck an ice shanty.
20. 02/20/2010 Town of Lake Tomahawk Collision with Fixed Object 29 0.0 No
  12:31PM Oneida County (Trail) Speed/Inexperience M MI Yes
It appears the victim may have been looking behind him when he went off the trail on the right and over-corrected, colliding with a tree on the left side of the trail.
21. 03/06/2010 Town of Menominee Collision with Fixed Object 51 0.137 No
  11:56PM Menominee (Lake) Speed/Alcohol/No Helmet M WI No
The victim was operating across a lake when he struck the shoreline and was ejected from the snowmobile into a large boulder. The victim was not wearing a helmet and is suspected of being intoxicated at the time.