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Snowmobile Crash in Pittsburg, NH

Conservation Officer Christopher Egan: (603) 788-4850
Region One Office, Lancaster, NH

January 26, 2017

PITTSBURG, NH -- At approximately 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, emergency crews responded to a snowmobile crash at Boundary Pond in the northernmost reaches of Pittsburg, NH. Initial reports from the scene indicated that CPR was in progress at the time of the 911 call for help.

Upon arrival at the scene via snowmobiles, Pittsburg Fire Department personnel and a Fish and Game Conservation Officer located a group of riders and a deceased male who was identified as Stephen Nava, 21, of Kingston, MA, and was the operator of the snowmobile involved in the crash.

Evidence at the scene, corroborated with witness statements, indicated that Nava’s machine had been traveling at a high rate of speed across the frozen surface of Boundary Pond, when it struck the earthen portion of the dam at the southeastern end of the pond. The snowmobile became airborne after striking the berm of the dam, touching down just prior to colliding with a large balsam fir tree.

Nava was wearing a full-faced helmet and shield at the time of the collision; however it had come off upon impact.

It appears that failure to adjust operation to the change in terrain was the primary factor leading to the crash. The machine will also undergo a mechanical inspection by the Fish and Game Department, routine with any fatal snowmobile collision.

Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have played a role in this incident.

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