Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Snowmobile Fatality Summary - 2015/2016 Season

Updated through May 11, 2016

# 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
01/16/2016; 8:30AM Vilas / Land O Lakes Route / One Struck a Fixed Object / Speed 1000cc / Unknown 75 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours Yes Pending / Pending
The victim/snowmobile left the road/route at a curve and struck several trees.
#2
01/16/2016; 6:45PM Oneida / Lake Tomahawk Trail / One Struck a Fixed Object / Alcohol 800cc / 35MPH 45 / M / IL No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / .196
The victim/snowmobile left the trail at a curve and struck a tree.
#3
01/23/2016; 10:27PM LaCrosse / Holland Township Trail / One Struck a Fixed Object / Alcohol, Speed 800cc / Unknown 27 / F / WI NA / NA Yes Yes / .094
The operator was on a closed trail when he came upon a low hanging tree over the trail. The tree grazed the operator but struck the passenger in the helmet. Victim passed from her injuries on 02/06/2016.
#4
01/30/2016; 6:57PM Price / Worcester Lake / One Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol 587cc / 55MPH 55 / F / WI No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / .160
The victim hit a large pocket of standing water/slush on the ice, appears to have accelerated rapidly towards shore and struck the shore and trees.
#5
02/06/2016; 10:41PM Vilas / Phelps Road (Not a Route) / One Struck a Fixed Object / Alcohol, Speed 600cc / Unknown 49 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / Pending
The victim failed to negotiate a curve and struck a plowed embankment causing the snowmobile to go airborne.
#6
02/13/2016; 1:30AM Sawyer / Bass Lake Trail / One Struck a Fixed Object / Alcohol, Speed 500CC / Pending 48 / F / IA No / Pending Pending Yes / Pending
The victim failed to negotiate a curve in the trail, left the trail and struck a pile of logs.
#7
02/14/2016; 9:02PM Walworth / Linn Lake / Two Drove into Open Water / Inexperience, Open Water Unknown / Unknown 53 / M / IL No / Unknown Yes Pending / Pending
The victim was operating his snowmobile across a lake when he drove into open water.
#8
02/20/2016; 11:25AM Douglas / Hawthorne Trail / One Struck a Fixed Object / Speed 600CC / 35MPH 17 / M / WI Yes / 0-100 Hours Yes No / .000
The victim left the trail and struck a tree.
#9
02/26/2016; 10:45PM Bayfield / Namakagon Lake / One Struck a Parked Vehicle / Speed, Alcohol, Pending 800CC / Pending 54 / M / MN No / Pending Yes Yes / Pending
Victim was operating across a lake and collided with a vehicle parked on the ice.