Man dies when snowmobile hits tree in Allegan County
Thursday, January 03, 2008
BY REX HALL JR.
WAYLAND -- A Byron Center man was killed Wednesday in a snowmobile crash in Allegan County, police said.
Taylor Velthouse, 20, was riding on a trail with three friends in Leighton Township when he lost control and his snowmobile struck a tree near Division Street and 140th Avenue at about 7:05 p.m., according to Michigan State Police. Velthouse was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said Velthouse was wearing a helmet, and alcohol was not a factor in the fatal crash. Velthouse's friends told troopers they were traveling between 60 and 70 mph when the crash occurred, Sgt. Fred Fay said.
The crash Wednesday that killed Velthouse is the second fatal snowmobile crash recorded by the DNR in 2007-08.
To stay safe while snowmobiling, DNR officials recommend:
v Never ride alone.
v Never operate a snowmobile on a road or highway
v Keep headlights and taillights on at all times.
v Wear insulated boots, a helmet, gloves and eye protection.
v Avoid crossing frozen bodies of water.
v Stay alert to avoid fences and low-strung wires.
v Come to a complete stop at intersections.
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