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Snowmobile crash takes two

Posted by peteklein on March 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Snowmobile crash takes two

By PETE KLEIN

INDIAN LAKE–Two snowmobilers were killed in a head-on collision on Indian Lake.

According to the NYS Police, the accident took place on Saturday, March 2, at approximately 7 p.m.

State Police members, New York State Forest Rangers, and members of the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance Corps responded to the scene on the lake approximately two miles south of the Indian Lake Marina located on Lake Shore Road (CR 9) in the town of Indian Lake.

Investigation revealed that Thomas R. Dykstra, age 59, of Suffern, was operating his 2009 Arctic Cat snowmobile on the frozen lake in a northerly direction and entered the path of a second snowmobile, a 2002 Polaris, operated by Paul A. Prill IV, age 51, of Schenectady, which was traveling in a southerly direction. A front end collision ensued and both men were ejected from their respective snowmobiles. Dykstra and Prill IV were transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital where Hamilton County Coroner Virginia Jennings pronounced both men deceased.

On March 3, autopsies were performed by Dr. Jung Lee and the cause of death for Dykstra and Prill IV was determined to be severe blunt force trauma. The manner of death was ruled to be accidental. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor.

State police also reported a 47-year-old Herkimer County man was killed after his snowmobile went off a trail and crashed in the town of Ohio, about 60 miles northeast of Syracuse. Authorities said Scott Streeter was thrown from the sled and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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