Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Two Snowmachiners Killed In Crash
Two snowmachiners were killed early Sunday morning after going over a steep embankment near the Petersville area of Trapper Creek.
Alaska State Troopers say two snowmachiners were killed Sunday morning when their snowmachines went over a steep embankment in the Petersville area near Trapper Creek.
Around 1:26 a.m. troopers were notified of the snow machine accident and CPR was in progress. Medics from Willow and Talkeetna responded with a Lifemed helicopter and snowmachined to the scene. Troopers say upon arrival, personnel from Lifemed reported the two deceased at 2:40 a.m.
Troopers say the two snowmachiners, Wasilla residents 23-year-old Eric J. Zehnder and his girlfriend 22-year-old Kimber L. Velasquez, were on a 2007 Ski-Doo Summit 800 riding from a cabin back to Kroto Creek. When the two got to mile 17 of Petersville Road, they left the main trail and went over a steep embankment. They were both ejected from the snow machine and impacted several trees which resulted in their death, troopers said.
Both Zehnder and Velasquez appeared to have been wearing helmets, and an investigation continues, troopers said.