Monday 25 March 2013

Snowmobile Death, Injury and Citations

Posted at 7:09 AM

State death tally at 19.
(WRN) - At least 19 people have died in Wisconsin snowmobile crashes this winter. The latest reported death was on Saturday.

Oneida County authorities said 31-year-old Dean Katsaros Junior of Willow Springs Illinois lost control of his machine and slammed into a tree near Three Lakes. He died at the scene, and the crash is still being investigated.

According to the D-N-R’s Web site, Wisconsin has not officially recorded a snowmobile death since March third – although there’s been plenty of snow on the ground in most places.

There was a report of a snowmobile death on March 16th in Langlade County, but sheriff’s investigators said they found no immediate evidence of a crash at the time. They said it’s possible the rider may have died from exposure before going onto a lake.


A 17 year old Tomahawk teen was injured Saturday afternoon after a snowmobile crash in the Town of Rock Falls. The seventeen year old was traveling on Greil Rd. south of Woodchuck Lane when his sled was rear-ended by a second snowmobile being driven by his 16 year old brother. The injured teen refused medical transport from the Tomahawk Ambulance that responded to the scene and the Rec. Deputy investigated the crash.

Two men were cited and a third will be summonsed into court after the Rec. Deputy attempted to stop three snowmobiles early Sunday morning in the Town of Bradley. The three sleds were heading north just after 1:00 AM on the Hiawatha Trail when the Rec. Deputy observed them fail to stop at the stop sign at Muskellunge Lake Rd. The Deputy got ahead of the trio and tried to stop them at the intersection of Robert’s Rd. and activated his emergency lights as they approached the stop sign. The lead snowmobile accelerated and fled the scene of the stop. The other two snowmobiles did stop but one of them was trying to turn around possibly attempting to flee when the Rec. Deputy ran up and activated the kill switch on his motor.

A 51 year old Meqoun man and a 35 year old Fox Lake Illinois man were placed through field sobriety tests and as a result they were both taken into custody for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated.

Another Deputy continued to monitor the trail and watched as a sled matching the description traveled at a high rate of speed south on the Hiawatha Trail without its lights on. A Tomahawk Police Officer tried to stop it when it entered the city but the driver turned around and headed back north again.

Deputies eventually learned the three men were staying at a hotel in Tomahawk and went to that location. A sled matching the description was found in the parking lot still warm to the touch. The desk clerk confirmed the three men rented three rooms and when the Deputies went to the room of the registered owner of the sled he denied even leaving the hotel that evening but could not explain why his snowmobile was still warm in the parking lot at 5:30 AM.

The 49 year old man from Wisconsin Rapids was taken into custody on a felony charge of fleeing an officer. While he was being transported to the Lincoln County Jail he started experiencing a medical problem and was brought to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. When doctors decided to admit him he was released from custody to be summonsed later on the felony charge.

The Rec. Deputy indicated other citations will also be issued to the fleeing man.


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