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January 23, 2010
     

Londonderry Man Killed in Late-night Snowmobile Crash in Stoddard, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. – Aime J. Huard of Londonderry, N.H. (age 52) was killed on Friday night (January 22, 2010) when he lost control of the snowmobile was operating, causing it to roll and crash while crossing Highland Lake in the Town of Stoddard, N.H.

Huard had been riding his snowmobile alone and was heading southwest towards his vacation home on the other side of the lake.  Other passing snowmobilers came upon an overturned snowmobile at around 10:00 p.m. and immediately called 911.  Responders included emergency personnel from N.H. Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement Division, N.H. State Police Troop C, and Stoddard Fire and Rescue.   There were no witnesses to the crash. Deputy Medical Examiner Cheryl Pinney pronounced Huard dead at the scene at midnight.

Initial investigation indicated that Huard was not wearing a helmet while he was operating the snowmobile.  Speed and variable ice conditions (drifts, hard pack, and frozen slush) may have contributed to his loss of control and subsequent crash.

Due to an increase in nighttime snowmobile incidents and complaints in the southwestern part of the state, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement Division will be increasing patrols in an effort to reduce further incidents.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department urges snowmobilers to ride safely and at a reasonable speed for the existing conditions. 

This incident is currently under investigation, for further information contact Conservation Officer Delayne Brown, N.H. Fish and Game Department, Law Enforcement Division.

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For tips on safe snowmobile operation, visit www.ride.nh.gov/OHRV/snowmobile_safety.html.

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