Monday, March 18, 2019

Two hospitalized after snowmobile collision

      According to the CHP report, on March 17, 2019 around 3:30 PM a 16 year old male was driving a '04 SkiDoo Snowmobile on groomed Fremont Road near
Quaking Aspen Road in Bear Valley at a high rate of speed.

   Due to the minor's unsafe speed, he was unable to  maintain control of the snowmobile, which veered to the right, traveling onto the east shoulder and up a snow embankment, becoming airborne.

   The snowmobile landed upright and then become airborne again as it continued down a snow embankment.

     The snowmobile struck a tree while airborne and landed on its left side. All three riders were ejected.

   The driver sustained minor injuries but refused treatment.

   Both passengers, aged 5 and 9, sustained major injuries and were Life-Flighted to UC Davis for treatment.

   Due to the age of the involved and the severity of the injuries, CHP is withholding names at this time.

   California law does require the use of helmets while operating a snowmobile on public lands.  Alcohol and or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision.

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