Anchorage man dies after being struck by a snowmachine

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2001

HOUSTON (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed in the Houston area after being hit by a snowmachine, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

The man was identified as 45-year-old Dominick Martin. He was hit by the snowmachine Monday night while walking along the edge of King Arthur Road, troopers said.

The snowmachine was traveling east with two people aboard when it hit Martin at about 10:25 p.m. The driver was identified as Eric Wilmes, 24, of Big Lake. He was taken to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage with a broken neck. Troopers reported he was in critical condition. His family asked that no information regarding his condition be released.

The passenger, Robert House, 22, of Big Lake, was treated and released for head injuries from Valley Hospital.

Troopers say alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the crash.

The accident was the first snowmachine fatality of the season. Last winter there were 30 snowmachine fatalities, including one pedestrian who was killed, according to troopers.

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