Snowmobile passenger killed in Wisconsin when driver hits fish house

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 16, 2014 - 8:25 PM

A 20-year-old woman died when the snowmobile she was riding on crashed into an unoccupied ice-fishing trailer on a western Wisconsin lake, authorities said Thursday.

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carlbsJan. 16, 1411:38 AM

These sleds are so fast and responsive that an un-seasoned driver can get speed intoxication. You hit the throttle and suddenly you are doing 70 and it's exhilarating. Elders need to teach safe operation! That being said, this is a tragic loss for the family...I wish you well.

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imperialmanJan. 16, 1412:12 PM

Tragic story. Dosn't take long to be over driving your headlight when running across a lake at speed.

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lloyd55423Jan. 16, 1412:26 PM

I've floated an idea past the manufacturers to start making snowmobiles without headlights as a measure to deter nighttime riding. I'm still waiting for a reply, so now we know where the snowmobile company's interests lie.

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skinnyminnieJan. 16, 1412:33 PM

what is wrong here? The article says DRUNKEN. Maybe if it said SOBER I could understand all of these comments.

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skinnyminnieJan. 16, 1412:34 PM

Safety measure no. 1 - don't be in a state that can be described as drunken.

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mylittleidJan. 16, 14 1:15 PM

If you overdrive your headlights at night you can't stop in time even if you are sober, much less drunk.

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klmoonJan. 16, 14 1:18 PM

"I've floated an idea past the manufacturers to start making snowmobiles without headlights as a measure to deter nighttime riding. I'm still waiting for a reply, so now we know where the snowmobile company's interests lie." Give me a break! Maybe we should make cars without headlight too, to deter night driving. Here's an idea, don't drive the sled (or car) when your drunk. It's not the manufactures fault that this person decided to drink and drive and in the process kill someone.

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carlbsJan. 16, 14 1:44 PM

There should be strict regulations for using reflective material on all sides of a permanent fish house. The article said they hit a fish house "trailer"...what the heck is that? Was it a giant "IceCastle" or some other (lowered down) wheeled house or did somebody leave a house on a trailer without putting it on the ice?

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nivek123Jan. 16, 14 2:02 PM

I ride thousands of miles a year, and all the comments in the world don't explain zooming across a lake at night DRUNK. Bottom line. Sorry to the family for the loss.

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nivek123Jan. 16, 14 2:04 PM

And to lloyd55423, STOP trying to make things "safer" for us. People do stupid things, no amount of legislation or manufacturer input will change that.

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