BYRON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Maine Warden Service responded to a total of five snowmobile crashes since Friday evening, including two fatal incidents.
Warden Brock Clukey says the first call for one of the fatal accidents came in a little after 11 p.m. Friday. Original reports said there was a severe accident involving a truck and a snowmobiler on East Branch Road in Byron. Upon arrival, Wardens found 34-year-old Leonardo Rodrigues of Everett, Massachusetts had struck a parked plow truck at the end of the private road.
Clukey said Rodrigues was transported to Central Maine Medical Center via LifeFlight. Rodrigues died during surgery from his injuries.
Clukey said evidence shows speed and alcohol were factors in the accident. Clukey said Rodrigues was traveling in a group with 3 others from the Boston area during the trip. Warden Clukey said the person immediately following Rodrigues, William Ashmore, Jr., was arrested for operating under the influence. [more]