North Suburban Man Killed In Snowmobile Crash

WAUCONDA, Ill. (STMW) – A north suburban man died Friday night after crashing a snowmobile in a Wauconda forest preserve.

The 39-year-old Volo resident was snowmobiling off a marked trail in the Lakewood Forest Preserve when he struck a cable gate about 9:50 p.m. near North Fairfield and North Gossell roads, according to a statement from John Tannahill, Lake County Forest Preserves Chief of Ranger police.

The man was wearing a helmet when the snowmobile struck the gate, the statement said.

Wauconda Fire District paramedics attempted life-saving measures, but the man died on the scene, the statement said. The Lake County Coroner’s office removed the body.

Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger police, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources police and Wauconda police all responded to the incident, which remains under investigation Saturday afternoon by police from the IDNR and county forest preserve.

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  • Roberta Waker

    He was wearing a helmet, but went off the marked trail and ran into a gate? The article didn’t say if he was riding alone, which you shouldn’t ever do. While something seems to be missing from the article, I hope it gets updated to explain how or why this happened. Our sympathy goes out to the family of this man.

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