Alcohol involved in the incident
A 48-year-old Northern Peninsula man, who died Saturday evening after a snowmobile accident, died as a result of head trauma from the collision, the autopsy concluded.
RCMP released the results of the autopsy today.
RCMP also said alcohol is believed to be involved in the incident.
On Saturday evening, St. Anthony RCMP received a call of a single snowmobile collision that occurred in Straitsview on Route 436 on the Northern Peninsula. The victim was taken to hospital in St. Anthony where he succumbed to injuries.
The name of the deceased - who was a resident of Hay Cove - has not been released.
RCMP are reminding snowmobile enthusiasts that the same penalties exist for operating any recreational motorized vehicle as exists for driving an automobile while impaired. More importantly, the loss of fine motor skills required for driving causes just as much, or more, of a risk of serious injury or death while operating a snowmobile.
A secondary contributing factor is the absence of good snowmobile conditions this year, throughout the province. On the Northern Peninsula as well, conditions are very poor with hidden rocks, lumps of ice, holes in the trails, poor ice conditions and overall poor snow conditions which should cause snowmobilers to re-evaluate the need to operate snowmobiles in the first place, or reduce speed and watch for dangerous obstacles.