Man on snowmobile killed

Norwalk man hit culvert and was ejected.
Dec 15, 2013

A Norwalk man was killed in late Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding struck a culvert and threw him. 

The accident occurred about 11:45 p.m. along the east side of Hartland Center Road just north of U.S. 20 in Townsend Township, the Norwalk post of the Highway Patrol reported. 

Gary Jenkins, age 44, was operating the 1997 Ski-Doo snowmobile southbound alongside Hartland Center Road. The snowmobile struck a tree after hitting the culvert and throwing Jenkins from the seat.

Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene by Huron County Coroner Jeffrey Harwood. Jenkins was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by Townsend Fire Department, Citizens EMS, Huron County Coroner’s Office and Norb’s Towing.

The crash remains under investigation and it's unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash, the Patrol reported.




IDK is right. Most shooters & snowmobilers are decent. There is also courtesy though. If you trespass through someone's woods or fields don't be surprised if you get questioned.


After sifting through all the comments, again, fact is, someone was killed...son, father, brother, friend. Please do not take advantage of someone elses demise (obituary) to create such hostile blog over a legal issue.
Please create your own "Blog", and create an appropriate place to battle and air your legal discord. This article is sensitive material, should be treated as such and most certainly, should not serve as "your" personal battle ground to settle all of your indifferences/opinions.
Think, before you submit...and thanks!!


Thank you so very much for saying something....this man was my uncle who was a FANTASTIC guy regardless of what is said on here about snowmobiling. He is LOVED by MANY and will be missed by more.....


Please know, you and your family have my heartfelt sympathy. Thoughts and prayers to all of you!


This isn't an obituary. It's a news story.






worked with Gary years ago at Midwest, super great guy. rest in piece good buddy.


Really people your going to bicker back and forth like this? Hes a co worker and one the nicest guys you could ever meet. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. As for the rest of you go somewhere else and complain.


To avoid have any problems with those pesky winter sporting like , just put up a big orange snow fence around your property and then everyone will know to stay away from your place. then your neighbors can have a laugh when they drive by.

Call Me Crazy

I have to say that you people sicken me! You all live in glass houses??? This guy was a GOOD man! He had a son, a wonderful family, and friends who loved him to the moon and back. He would do anything for anyone!!!!! It sickens me that you all are so quick to judge someone. It was a horrible, horrible accident and you need to take his family and friends feelings into consideration. I pray to the Lord that nothing happens to you or someone in your family so horrible, and that you don't have to deal with the grief as we all are. He would shake people like you off in a minute and not let it bother him I know that. His love for his family, friends, and children will be how we remember him. RIH you man and miss you very much already.


First and foremost, I am saddened to read of the death of a man who, at the age of 44, has passed way too soon. Losing a loved one is never easy, no matter the time of year. My heartfelt prayers to his family and friends.

One of the pros of online publications and other forms of social media where readers can share their thoughts is just that: readers can share their thoughts. But of course this is also a con. Whereas most online publications have posted rules concerning submissions, including the SR, there will always be postings that don't violate the rules but can still raise more than one set of eyebrows.

I know nothing about Mr. Jenkins. He may have been an extremely conscientious, kind, considerate snow-mobiler. When I was much younger I remember riding snowmobiles in the dark of night with my cousins through their corn & soybean fields. I always followed my cousins as they knew the fields well, but I still had moments where I thought the sled was going to go one way and me another. My moments of being airborne were very few. I had a blast, we really did try to be extremely careful, but I do vividly remember some, "Oh my GOD!!" moments where I truly thought my heart was in my throat.

We don't know all the details of Mr. Jenkins' crash. Perhaps he was driving his sled responsibly, at an appropriate speed, and something unexpected happened. Or perhaps he was being reckless. We just don't have the accident report and explanation of what is believed to have happened. But because of the beauty of social media, it's terribly unfortunate several posters have taken the opportunity to move away from the main point of the story, that being a 44-year old man is dead, and instead turn this into a heated argument about property rights and shooting snow-mobilers and the like. I readily understand folks who have had and continue to have problems with irresponsible, disrespectful snow-mobilers, but I would respectfully state this SR story is not the place to air those personal issues as they're not related to the SR story of Mr. Jenkins death.

I very much agree with and support what MarbleheadNative wrote. I would also like to add that many of the responses not related to Mr. Jenkins' terribly unfortunate death are similar to what I've read in other SR story responses in that the main points of the SR article are totally lost in unrelated tangential discourse where a casual reader only perusing other readers' feedback would be surprised to learn what the actual article was reporting.

At the end of the day, Mr. Jenkins is still passed, and much too early at only the age of 44. I pray Mr. Jenkins may rest in peace, and that his close friends and loved ones can receive peace and understanding.

Call Me Crazy

Thank you OSUBuckeye59 you nailed it!!!! Finally someone who actually makes sense. Miss you Gary!!


I am simply amazed by the selfishness here. A man lost his life, regardless of how and where he was. He has a grief stricken family at home and most of you people take the time to whine about the laws,your lawn and the noise snowmobiles make..seriously you folks need to find a hobby. Try leaving a positive comment for the family that just lost a son, father, brother or uncle during the toughest times of the year.
If you have issues with how and where people ride their snowmobiles, take it to your community leaders not on a article written about the loss of life.

Sal Dali

Don't be amazed be appalled ...most of the people talking about everything but the tragic loss of life here do it often and think nothing of it. I am glad to see others are beginning to speak out about it though. Disrespect and lack of compassion for a grieving family speaks volumes. Unfortunately, what people convey on here reflects what they're made of on the inside.