Shafer Man Killed In Weekend Snowmobile Accident

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 6:03 am

On Saturday, a snowmobile accident killed a man in Chisago county. WCMP received a press relase from the Sheriff’s Office stating that on Saturday morning at approximately 1120am, a 911 call came in reporting a snowmobile accident with injuries at a residence in Franconia Township near Shafer, MN. The victim has been identified as 63-year old Dennis Holt of Shafer.

Chisago County Sheriff’s Deputies, Lakes Regions EMS, and Shafer First Responders were dispatched to the scene. The operator of the snowmobile was not breathing after the accident and CPR was started by a witness. Medical care was turned over to Lakes Regions EMS and Shafer First Responders and CPR continued for some time. Lifesaving efforts were not successful and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to witnesses, the victim was moving a snowmobile that he was not familiar with. At one point, the snowmobile appeared to accelerate rapidly until it struck a car hauler type trailer parked near his driveway. The snowmobile had a left handed throttle installed which appears to be a contributing factor in this accident. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected.

The accident is under investigation by the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

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