The Maine Warden Service says a Rhode Island man was killed in the Millinocket area over the weekend in Maine’s third snowmobile-related fatality this season.

Maine Warden Service

Fifty-three-year-old Edmond Imondi of Foster, Rhode Island was riding with two friends on a groomed ITS trail west of Millinocket Lake at around 5:45 p.m. Saturday when wardens say he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve.

Corporal John MacDonald said tracks in the snow indicated the snowmobile went straight into a series of trees on the left side of the trail. Imondi struck the trees and died at the scene.

This crash was still being investigated on Tuesday. Corp. MacDonald said it appears that speed and unfamiliarity with trail conditions are possible contributing factors. Millinocket EMS and a ranger with Baxter State Park assisted at the scene Saturday evening.

There have been two other fatal snowmobile accidents this month in Maine.  A 44-year-old Gray man died on January 2nd when he was thrown from his sled as he tried to cross a small brook in Windham. A 52-year-old Massachusetts man died on January 7th after the snowmobile he was riding broke through the ice on Messalonskee Lake.