Snowmobile fall kills man in Pelican Rapids

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2012 - 8:42 PM

A rider died after falling from a snowmobile and striking his head on a trailer in west-central Minnesota, authorities said Thursday.

Jerome Kotalik, 40, of Fargo, was killed Christmas Day on property along Hwy. 9 in Pelican Rapids, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said. He was not wearing a helmet at the time, the Sheriff's Office added.

Officials suspect Kotalik, who was warming up his sled and driving it a short distance, lost control "possibly due to mechanical failure of the throttle."

PAUL WALSH

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