Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Snowmobile Fatality Summary - 2017/2018 Season

Updated through February 23, 2018

# 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 01/05/18 / 1:30PM Iron Co. / Mercer Public Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol 1050CC / 40MPH 56 / M / IA No / Over 100 Hours Yes / NA Yes / Pending
Victim left the trail and struck a tree.
#2 01/09/18 / 3:35PM Iron Co. / Mercer Road (Route) / 1 Roll Over / Pending 794CC / Pending 62 / M / IL No / Pending Yes Pending / Pending
Victim left the trail and collided with several small trees causing the snowmobile to roll.
#3 & #4 01/13/18 / 10:00PM Price Co. / Elk Frozen Lake / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed; Alcohol; Pending 500CC / Pending 33 & 37 / M & M / WI & WI No / Pending No & No Yes / Pending
Snowmobile with two occupants struck shoreline head on.
#5 01/14/18 / 3:08AM Iron Co. / Hurley Public Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed; Alcohol 600CC / Unknown 59 / M / WI Yes / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / .190
Subject was found by a separate group and appears to have struck a fixed object.
#6 01/17/18 / 10:53PM Ozaukee Co. / Fredonia River / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed; Alcohol Pending / Pending 29 / M / WI No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / Pending
Subject was last in a group of 4 snowmobiles operating on a river. The subject failed to negotiate a curve in the river and collided with the base of a tree along the shoreline.
#7 01/27/18 / 2:15PM Vilas Co. / Land O'Lakes Public Non-Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed; Pending 1200CC / 55MPH 43 / M / IL No / 0-100 Hours Yes Pending / Pending
Victim attempted to pass 2 snowmobiles by utilizing a summer bike trail, lost control and struck a tree.
#8 02/04/18 / 1:00AM Marathon Co. / Cleveland Public Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Fail to Negotiate Trun; Pending 600CC / PendingMPH 30 / F / WI Yes / Pending Yes Pending / Pending
Victim failed to negotiate a left turn resulting in impact with tree.
#9 02/10/18 / 1:42AM Vilas Co. / Conover Lake / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed / Alcohol; Pending 973CC / 100MPH 55 / M / WI Yes / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / Pending
Snowmobile struck a banked shoreline head-on and traveled in the air until the victim and snowmobile struck a nearby tree.
#10 02/10/18 / 7:30PM Jefferson Co. / Jefferson Public Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Pending PendingCC / PendingMPH 14 / M / WI Pending / Pending Pending Pending / Pending
Victim failed to negotiate a sharp corner resulting in impact with fence.
#11 02/17/18 / 1:58AM Bayfield Co. / Washburn Public Road / 2 Collision with Snowmobile / Speed, Alcohol 700CC / Pending 36 / M / MN No / 0 - 100 Hours Yes Yes / Pending
A member of the victim’s group had stopped and was sitting stationary when the victim collided with the rear of their snowmobile.
#12 02/17/18 / 11:00PM Iron Co. / Hurley Public Trail / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Alcohol 800CC / 35MPH 28 / M / MI No / Over 100 Hours Yes Yes / Pending
Victim left the trail at a corner and collided with a tree.
#13 02/19/18 / 8:10PM Vilas Co. / Land O’Lakes Public Road / 1 Struck a Fixed Object / Speed, Weather 850CC / 40+MPH 57 / M / IN No / 0 - 100 Hours Yes Yes / Pending
Victim was riding third in a group of four when he passed the first two members as they stopped to clear freezing drizzle from their face shields. The group then found the victim had missed a slight curve in the road and collided with several small trees.