William Johnson’s snowmobile came to rest in the woods off Brewer Lake. MAINE WARDEN SERVICE

Speed and alcohol cited in Holden snowmobile crash



HOLDEN — A Holden man was injured Saturday as a result of a snowmobile crash on Brewer Lake, according to the Maine Warden Service.

William Johnson, 25, was injured when he struck the shoreline at approximately 12:30 Saturday morning. Wardens and members of the Holden Police Department spent several hours at the early morning scene. The crash remains under investigation. Game wardens cited speed and alcohol as contributing factors to the incident.

Wardens were assisted by members of the Holden Police Department as well as Brewer, Holden and Orrington Fire and Rescue units.

The Maine Warden Service issued a reminder to never drink and ride, be careful not overdrive your headlights and be conscious of hazards and other riders on the trails.

A Sangerville man died Friday as a result of a snowmobile crash in Corinna. Jeffrey Wiley Jr., 44, was travelling south along the rail-bed snowmobile trail when he struck a tree. Wiley was nearing the end of a 300-mile ride when the incident occurred. Wiley was on the second of two sleds travelling together. When Wiley did not return, the second member of the party doubled back and found Wiley had crashed. Maine Game Wardens attribute excessive speed to the incident.

Wardens were assisted by members of Corinna Fire, Dexter Police Department and Mayo Regional Ambulance.

This was the second fatal snowmobile crash of the season. Game Warden Lt. Dan Scott said, “Due to the heavy rains and freezing temperatures we have been experiencing this season, many trails have an icy base, requiring longer stopping distances.”