A Vernon man was listed in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Medical Center on Saturday night after an early morning snowmobile accident. It is the latest in a string of accidents in Oneida County during the past month — three of which resulted in the deaths of four people.
A Vernon man was listed in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Medical Center on Saturday night after an early morning snowmobile accident.
It is the latest in a string of accidents in Oneida County during the past month — three of which resulted in the deaths of four people.
State police in Oneida said Tom D. Hendrickson, 40, was headed south on a trail near Marble Road in the town of Vernon around 1:20 a.m. Saturday when he drove across a drainage ditch and was ejected from the snowmobile.
Hendrickson was traveling alone and was not wearing a helmet, Trooper Scott Weber said. Emergency crews reported at the scene that Hendrickson was unconscious but breathing.
Hendrickson was charged with snowmobiling while intoxicated and operating a snowmobile without a helmet, Weber said. He is scheduled to return to Vernon Town Court at a later.
There were at least two other snowmobile accidents in the region Saturday:
- In Lewis County on Saturday, sheriff's deputies investigated a two-snowmobile personal injury accident in the town of Pinckney. Donald Breh, 66, of Skaneateles, failed to maintain his lane around a northbound curve on trail C5, deputies said.
Breh was ejected into the southbound lane and was struck by Gregory Slone, 40, of Fulton, deputies said. Breh was charged with failure to keep right, deputies said.
- Emergency crews in the Inlet area were headed to the Big Moose Inn around 4 p.m. for a snowmobile accident, according to radio transmissions. No further details could be learned Saturday night, but the injuries were reportedly not serious.
Numerous accidents have occurred in the area in recent weeks, many of which authorities said were the result of speeding, icy weather conditions or driving intoxicated.
Some snowmobile experts have said the area is experiencing so many accidents because of the abundant amount of snow that has fallen - especially in northern Oneida County - compared to other regions.
Here's a look at some of the recent snowmobile accidents:
- The son of the owner of the White Lake Inn was killed in an accident while traveling on a trail in Woodgate, a hamlet in the town of Forestport. Craig Albert, 22, was found Tuesday, Feb. 19.
- Holland Patent resident Joseph Aiello, 36, was charged with snowmobiling while intoxicated early Sunday, Feb. 17 after he lost control of his snowmobile on an embankment and overturned in a water-filled ditch in the town of Floyd. A Poland couple driving by the scene was credited with helping to save his life.
- Another snowmobiler was left stranded in water on the morning of Feb. 17 after crashing into a bridge in Verona.
- A New Jersey couple — Joseph Yoroshko IV, 28, and Rebecca L. Brown, 26 — was killed Feb. 15 when traveling at a high rate of speed. They lost control on a curve before crashing their snowmobile head-on into a tree on the same trail in Woodgate where the White Lake Inn owner's son died.
- On Sunday, Feb. 10, 18-year-old Utica College football player John Kaczmarski of Buffalo was killed while snowmobiling in a field in Verona. Police said he was an inexperienced snowmobiler and was not wearing a helmet.
- In late January, a 15-year-old Constableville male was operating a snowmobile in West Turin when he approached two oncoming snowmobiles. To avoid a collision, the youth went off the right side of the trail but then returned to the trail and overturned.
- Joseph T. Stroh, 36, of Canastota, died Dec. 31 on an Erie Canal path in the town of Lenox in Madison County after striking a tree troopers said.
- In December, a 24-year-old Clayville man was killed when his snowmobile entered the roadway on Oneida Street in the town of Paris and hit an oncoming car.
- A 13-year-old Whitesboro girl was operating a snowmobile with its owner as a passenger in early December in New Hartford when the owner asked the girl to slow down. Instead, the girl accidentally sped up to about 50 mph and drove into an embankment, throwing both occupants into several trees.
- A Connecticut man broke his leg in late December when he drove his snowmobile over a jump in Annsville. Upon landing, the snowmobile rolled over onto his left leg.