by Brandon Mayer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
A Kemptville man tragically lost his life last weekend in a single vehicle snowmobile crash near the town of Limoges in Prescott-Russell. The victim was revealed by the Ontario Provincial Police to be 51-year-old Richard Mclean, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. The incident happened mid-afternoon on January 22, with police, paramedics, and firefighters all responding.
Limoges is located approximately 50 km northeast of Kemptville along provincial highway 417. According to Statistics Canada, an average of 73 people are killed annually due to snowmobiling accidents. The majority of these fatalities involve men between the ages of 20 and 64, and most involve a single vehicle collision (such as a rollover, or a collision with a stationary object).
A post-mortem examination has been ordered, and the exact cause of Saturday’s crash in Limoges is still under police investigation.