Driver in fatal snowmobile crash identified
A Barnesville man killed Saturday in a northern Becker County crash involving a single snowmobile has been identified by the Becker County Sheriff's Department.
Jamie Michael Thompson, 32, was riding with friends on Rat Lake Trail, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, when he lost control of his sled and struck a embankment at the intersection of South Tulaby Lake Road, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Luke Sweere.
"He ended up hitting a dirt embankment at the T intersection," Sweere said. Though the exact cause of the accident remains under investigation, he added, preliminary findings indicate alcohol was a factor.
"We know alcohol was involved -- we just don't know to what extent," Sweere said. "We're waiting for the lab results from the state (to determine whether the victim was legally intoxicated)."
Those lab results could take a couple of weeks to arrive, he added.
Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 6 p.m. The White Earth Tribal Police Department is assisting the sheriff's department with the investigation, Sweere said.