Wisconsin man killed in snowmobile crash
MARQUETTE — A 73-year-old Burlington, Wisconsin, man was killed Sunday when the snowmobile he was riding with his wife missed a corner on a snowmobile trail and struck a tree in Gogebic County, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported.
Richard Reesman was pronounced dead at the scene by the county medical examiner, according to DNR conservation officers investigating the crash.
The crash occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. Sunday along Snowmobile Trail No. 160, near Lookout Mountain, in Ironwood Township.
Reesman’s 71-year-old wife, Kathy, reported the crash to Ashland County, Wisconsin, dispatchers via cellphone. Complaining of shoulder pain, she was transported by Beacon Ambulance to Aspirus Ironwood Hospital.
Agencies assisting conservation officers included the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office, Iron County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Office and the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission.
Conservation officers urge snowmobilers to ride at speeds appropriate for conditions and abilities. Excessive speed is the No. 1 cause of fatal and serious injury accidents in Michigan.