Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Snowmobile Fatality Summary - 2010/2011 Season

Updated through July 19, 2011 - 10:45am

# Date/Time Location Type & Cause of Incident / Fatality Age / Sex BAC / Residency WI Safety Certified / Helmet
1. 12/04/10
11:55am
Town of Polk
Washington County (Private Property)
Rollover
Speed/Passenger's Actions
7
M
N/A
WI
No
No
The victim was riding on a snowmobile with the adult owner. The victim pressed on the throttle causing the snowmobile to accelerate rapidly. The snowmobile then rolled and ejected both subjects. The adult received non-life threatening injuries. Neither subject was wearing a helmet.
2. 01/13/11
11:32pm
City of Miltown
Polk County (Road Route)
Collision With Fixed Object
Speed/Alcohol/Drugs
39
M
.172
WI
No
No
The victim left a tavern and proceeded down an alley at a high rate of speed. The victim proceeded through the intersection with the next street and hit a snow bank which launched the snowmobile and victim airborne, through a chain link fence and into a house.
3. 01/14/11
6:44pm
Town of Cary
Iron County (Public Trail)
Collision With Fixed Object
Speed/Alcohol
48
M
.066
IL
No
Yes
The victim was third in a group of five snowmobiles when he failed to negotiate a turn and collided with a tree.
4. 01/22/11
6:21pm
Town of Bovina
Outagamie County (Roadway)
Collision With Motor Vehicle
Speed/Alcohol/Illegal Road Operation
29
M
.215
WI
Yes
Yes
The victim was operating a snowmobile illegally on a roadway behind a companion operating a motor vehicle with a trailer. The victim was operating at a high rate of speed and collided with the rear of the trailer. The motor vehicle had just stopped for a roadway stop sign and was pulling away when the victim ran the stop sign and collided with the trailer.
5. 01/22/11
9:00pm
City of Mt. Pleasant
Racine County (Railroad Property)
Collision With Fixed Object
Alcohol
36
M
.240
WI
No
Yes
The victim was operating along a railroad track when he collided with a signal light and went airborne.
6. 02/04/11
5:17pm
Town of Hughes
Bayfield County (Road Route)
Collision With Motor Vehicle
Alcohol/Speed/Failure to Yield
45
M
.114
WI
No
Yes
The victim failed to stop for a stop sign and struck a vehicle.
7. 02/05/11
12:10pm
Village of Beldenville
Pierce County (Road)
Collision With Fixed Object
Operator Inexperience
68
F
.000
WI
No
Yes
The victim was attempting to turn into a parking lot off of a village street when she accelerated and struck a snow bank causing the victim to lose control of the snowmobile and was ejected.
8. 02/09/11
8:50pm
Town of Three Lakes
Oneida County (Road/Route)
Collision With Fixed Object
Alcohol/Inattentive Driving
69
M
.078
WI
No
No
The victim failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and struck a tree.
9. 02/11/11
2:29pm
Town of St Germain
Vilas County (Lake)
Collision With Fixed Object
Alcohol/Speed
44
M
.028
IL
No
Yes
The victim was operating across the lake and struck a plowed embankment.
10. 02/11/11
5:16pm
Town of Fountain
Juneau County (Trail)
Ejected off Snowmobile
Speed/Fairlure to Maintain Control
17
F
.000
IL
No
Yes
The victim drove off the trail at a ditch crossing and was ejected.
11. 02/13/11
2:45pm
Town of Willow Springs
Lafayette County (Trail)
Collision with Fixed Object
Speed/Alcohol/Pending
24
M
.207
IL
No
Yes
The victim drove off a steep embankment hitting a tree.
12. 02/13/11
11:05pm
City of Manitowoc
Manitowoc County (River)
Collision with Fixed Object
Alcohol
34
M
.282
WI
No
Yes
The victim struck a branch from a downed tree and was ejected.
13. 02/25/11
3:00pm
Town of Elcho
Langlade County (Trail)
Collision with Fixed Object
Speed/Failure to Maintain Control
67
M
.000
WI
No
Yes
The victim drove onto a berm of the trail and sruck a tree.
14. 02/25/11
8:49pm
Town of Bell
Bayfield County (Trail)
Collision with Fixed Object
Speed/Alcohol
42
M
.202
MN
No
Yes
The victim drove off a curve in the trail and struck some trees.
15. 03/03/11
2:06am
Town of Grant
Clark County (Trail)
Collision with Fixed Object
Alcohol/Speed
41
M
.192
WI
No
Yes
The victim struck a tree on the right side of the trail.
16. 03/12/11
5:30pm
Town of Upham
Langlade County (Public Trail)
Collision with Fixed Object
Speed/Alcohol
39
M
.159
WI
Yes
Yes
The victim was operating on a trail when he failed to negotiate a curve and collided with a tree.
17. 03/13/11
6:48am
Town of Algoma
Winnebago County (Lake)
Drowning
Alcohol/Unfamiliar With Area
44
M
.275
WI
No
No
The victim was thought to have been pulling a companion's snowmobile into a garage. The victim was observed operating the snowmobile out onto Lake Buttes des Morts and into open water.