Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a snowmobile accident with severe injuries on Trail 9 near Nipigon Rd on March 1st, 2019, at 4:16pm.
Upon arrival Deputies observed a snowmobile that had left the trail and impacted trees. Sheriff Clarmont stated evidence showed the operator may have realized the sled was leaving the trail and may have purposefully fallen away from the sled and in doing so struck a tree. The snowmobile had traveled approximately 50 feet further along the embankment of the trail before it veered and crashed into the trees. Lifesaving efforts were conducted on scene but the operator and lone occupant succumbed to his injuries.
Adam Fortuna, 38-years-old, of China, MI, was the operator of the 2017 Arctic Cat ZR800. He was traveling with friends at the time. He was transported to McLaren Hospital Cheboygan Campus where he was pronounced dead.
Speed was a factor in the accident. Fortuna was dressed appropriately and was wearing a helmet. The accident remains under investigation.
Sheriff Dale Clarmont stated on the same day at 5:30pm his department was dispatched to another snowmobile accident on Mullet Lake near Dodge point.
The investigation revealed Salvatore Mollise II, 44-years-old, from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, was operating a 2012 Arctic Cat 800 on Mullet Lake when he struck a pressure crack that was pushed up causing him to be thrown from his sled. He was transported to Otsego Memorial Hospital by Cheboygan Life Support Systems for minor injuries.
Sheriff Clarmont wants to remind operators of snowmobiles to watch your speed and know your surroundings. “We urge snowmobile operators to take it slow not only on the trails but on the lakes also. This has been a cold winter with very thick ice and winds. That ice has to go somewhere and as the winter continues on the ice will also continue to push upward at certain points on all the lakes.”