Snowmobiler dies in Racine County crash

CREATED Jan 12, 2014

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CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say speed and alcohol were factors in the death of a snowmobiler who crashed into a tree in Racine County in southeastern Wisconsin.

Juan Gomez of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  the DNR got a call about 10:30 a.m. Saturday that a body had been found in Caledonia.

The man, in his 50s, was last seen by family members around 9 p.m. Friday on his snowmobile. He was found by a family friend sometime before 10 a.m. Saturday.

Toxicology reports are pending, but Gomez says investigators confirmed the man had been drinking. He was not wearing a helmet. His name was not immediately released.

While icy conditions may have played a role, Gomez says, speed and alcohol were the main factors.