UPDATE: Forty-five year old Jesse Wiesendanger of Minocqua died Monday, Jan. 19 from injuries he received in a snowmobile accident last week. According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s office, alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.
Alcohol was determined to be a factor in a snowmobile accident last week. St. Germain First Responders, Vilas County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and EMS responded to a call shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, in the town of Newbold, on a trail near Hwy 70. The caller reported a snowmobiler lying in the middle of the trail and his machine was in the trees. The operator was transported to Howard Young Hospital with unknown injuries and later transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. It appears alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident and the snowmobile operator, Jesse Wiesendanger, will be cited for Operating While Intoxicated.
A snowmobile accident in the town of Pelican collided with a vehicle backing out of a driveway Saturday afternoon. At approximately 1:21 p.m., the Oneida County Dispatch received a 911 call of a snowmobile versus vehicle low impact accident at a driveway on Hwy 8 East in the town of Pelican. The snowmobiler was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The snowmobiler failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of a driveway and was struck at low impact by the homeowner. The snowmobiler will be cited for failure to stop at a stop sign. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.