Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Snowmobile Fatality Summary - 2016/2017 Season

Updated through March 24, 2017

# Date/Time County/Town City Location/No.# of Vehicles Involved Cause/Incident Factors Vehicle CC/Estimated Speed Age/Gender/Residency Safety Certified/Experience (Hours) Helmet Alcohol Involved/BAC
#1 12/26/16 / 8:35PM Vilas Co. / Arbor Vitae Road (Route) / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol 1056CC / Unknown 63 / M / IL No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / .034
Victim failed to negotiate a curve, left the trail and struck a tree.
#2 12/30/16 / 11:00PM Iron Co. / Hurley Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol 800CC / Unknown 45 / M / IL No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / .194
Victim left the trail and struck several trees.
#3 1/05/17 / 11:00PM Barron Co. / Rice Lake Frozen Lake / 1 Broke Through Ice / Alcohol, Thin Ice 800CC / 10MPH 42 / M / WI No / Unknown Yes Yes / .216
Victim was operating on a frozen lake and broke through the ice.
#4 1/12/17 / 8:30PM Pierce Co. / Prescott Road (Not a Route) / 2 Collision with Vehicle / Alcohol, Failure to Yield 440CC / 15MPH 47 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / .239
Victim was attempting to cross a Hwy and was struck by a vehicle.
#5 1/14/17 / 10:20PM Sawyer Co. / Hayward Frozen Lake / 1 Collision with Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol 800CC / Unknown 40 / M / MN No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / No Test Results
Victim was found in the debris of a burnt down ice shack.
#6 1/17/17 / 7:16PM Oneida Co. / Minocqua Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol 800CC / 88MPH 48 / M / WI Yes / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / .225
Victim continued through an intersection into a wooded area striking trees.
#7 1/27/17 / 12:30PM Iron Co. / Saxon Road (Route) / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed 488CC / 40MPH 46 / M / WI No / 0-100 Hours Yes No / .000
Victim failed to negotiate a slight curve on the road/route and struck a tree.
#8 2/04/17 / 1:15AM Clark Co. / Riplinger Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Pending Unknown / Unknown 62 / M / WI No / Unknown Yes Pending / Pending
Victim failed to negotiate a slight curve on the trail and struck a tree.
#9 2/04/17 / 7:10AM Monroe Co. / Wilton Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol, Pending 679CC / Pending 29 / M / WI Yes / Pending Yes Yes / Pending
Victim was operating at a high rate of speed and collided with a bridge abutment.
#10 2/04/17 / 10:15PM Kewaunee Co. / Lincoln Private Property / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Alcohol, Pending 598CC / Unknown 47 / F / WI No / Over 100 Hours No Yes / Pending
The operator was driving in loops and struck a fixed object ejecting him and the passenger/victim.
#11 2/05/17 / 1:30AM Oconto Co. / Mountain Road (Not a Route) / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol 600CC / 35MPH 23 / M / WI Yes / Unknown Yes Yes / Pending
Victim failed to negotiate a curve on the road and struck a tree.
#12 2/10/17 / 10:30PM Price Co. / Fifield Frozen Lake / 1 Collision with Another Snowmobile / Pending 800CC / Pending 31 / M / WI No / Pending Yes Pending / Pending
Victim was travelling across a lake and collided with another snowmobile.
#13 2/12/17 / 1:00AM Clark Co. / Sherman Public Trail / 1 Pending / Speed, Alcohol, Pending 600CC / Pending 34 / M / WI No / Pending Yes Yes / Pending
Pending, victim was a passenger where it appears he fell off or was ejected from the snowmobile striking a tree.
#14 2/12/17 / 5:50PM Florence Co. / Commonwealth Public Trail / 1 Fell off Snowmobile / Pending 599CC / 15MPH 36 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours Yes No / .000
Victim crested a hill and met a groomer coming up the hill in the opposite direction. Victim swerved onto a snowbank along the trail, fell from his snowmobile, and went under the groomer.
#15 2/25/17 / 5:26PM Iron Co. / Oma Public Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol, Pending 794CC / 72MPH 51 / F / WI No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / Pending
Victim failed to negotiate a curve in the trail; left the trail and struck a tree.
#16 2/25/17 / 10:47PM Oneida Co. / Newbold Public Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol, Pending 600CC / Pending 62 / M / WI No / Pending Yes Pending / Pending
Victim failed to negotiate a curve in the trail and struck a power pole.