By JOHN PEPIN, Journal Staff Writer
WAKEFIELD — A Minnesota man killed in a snowmobile crash Saturday night became the third rider to die in a snowmobile-related fatality in Gogebic County this winter.
Lance Klimek, 35, of Rochester, Minn. was killed when the sled he was riding on Lake Gogebic slammed into a dock at the Gogebic County Park in Marenisco Township.Klimek was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to Michigan State Police troopers from the Wakefield post.
The fatal crash occurred at about 7:40 p.m.Troopers said Klimek was operating his sled at a high rate of speed. Police are continuing to investigate the accident.State police were assisted at the scene by the Marenisco Township Police Department, the Marenisco and Lake Gogebic fire departments, Marenisco Township Ambulance and the Gogebic County Victim’s Services Unit.
The crash was the ninth snowmobile-related fatal accident logged this winter in the Upper Peninsula — tying the number of riders killed last season. The fatality was the second reported this season from Lake Gogebic.Gogebic County’s three sledding deaths leads the U.P. counties this winter.
Chippewa and Ontonagon counties each have two fatal accidents occurring there, while Alger and Schoolcraft counties have each had one sledding death.
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