February 18, 2017

Etna Man Killed in Maine's Sixth Snowmobile Related Fatality

An Etna man died early this morning in Maine’s sixth snowmobile related fatality this season. Jack McKay III, 36, from Etna, Maine died just after midnight this morning while snowmobiling with two friends on Interconnecting Trail System (ITS) 85 in Newport. The lead snowmobile was being operated by McKay who failed to negotiate a corner in the trail and struck a tree. McKay was discovered by two others in his group shortly after the crash. McKay died as a result of his injuries.

The two other riders were Benjamin Roundy, 36, from Newport, Maine and Cain Mackenzie, 36, from Plymouth, Maine. Mackenzie was summonsed for operating a snowmobile under the influence (OUI). No charges have been filed against Roundy at this time. This incident is being investigated to help determine possible contributing factors to include speed and alcohol involvement. The Maine Warden Service is investigating the crash and was assisted by Newport Police Department and Newport Fire Department.

This is Maine’s sixth snowmobile related fatality. Yesterday, Buxton Police investigated a fifth fatality that occurred on a public road. A woman was killed as she crossed a road while following her husband and was struck by a vehicle. With snowmobile trails in Maine now in excellent condition, game wardens anticipate trails will be used heavily during this holiday weekend and school vacation week.

With 14,500 miles of groomed trails, families from all over New England come here to enjoy Maine’s snowmobiling opportunities. Game wardens urge all riders to ride responsibly and never drink and drive. Remember to bring a mobile phone with you and ride with others when possible for safety. We also ask that you always leave information with family regarding your trip plans in the event you become lost or have a mechanical breakdown.

Attached McKay fatal crash scene photo courtesy of the Maine Warden Service.