March 22, 2014

Fatal Snowmobile Crash in Hermon

Last evening (March 22, 2014) at 9:15 PM, Maine game wardens investigated a fatal snowmobile crash in the town of Hermon. Austin Gardiner, age 41, from Hampden, Maine died when the snowmobile he was operating struck several trees near the shoreline of Hermon Pond. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardiner was riding with a 15-year-old male who was on a separate snowmobile following behind him. Gardiner was operating a 2002 Polaris Indy Edge 500. Game wardens say speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in this crash. Assisting with this incident were Hampden Police, Hampden Rescue, and Hermon Rescue This is Maine’s sixth snowmobiling fatality this season.

  1. January 31 - Byron
  2. February 1 – Dixfield (occurred on a public way: investigated by Maine State Police)
  3. February 23 - Farmington
  4. March 4 – Dover Foxcroft
  5. March 7 – New Portland (occurred on a public way: investigated by Somerset County Sheriff’s Office)
  6. March 22 - Hermon