Man on snowmobile killed

Norwalk man hit culvert and was ejected.
Register
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.

 

Comments

Lissa4u

The snow mobilers around my house are very inconsiderate. They're out speeding along my front lawn at 1 and 2 in the morning, and it's not just one. No, there are 8 to 10 of them zipping along. I'd like it if they were banned. If you want to go ride them in a field somewhere, then trailer them to the field and back instead of racing around residential streets at all hours of the night.

I am sorry Mr. Jenkins passed away, but maybe his death can help others. Ride at a reasonable time (say 6 to 11 pm), know the area you're riding in, and watch your speed.

BabyMomma

Ban them? Because they were out at 1-2 a.m? By that statement alone, I can tell you are a democrat! Typical knee jerk reaction. 6-11 p.m? When all the traffic is around? Why not run them when no one should be out and about? The plows are very scarce from 11p.m til 5 a.m.perfect riding conditions fall between those hours. They get 1-2 nights a year to ride.....get over it! Move where there isn't any snow if you don't like it. I hope we get record snowfall this winter and you get woke up every night :-)

ladydye_5

If they are riding thru my yard at 1AM...that is trespassing...and NO I am NOT a democrat! Do you want me driving my car thru YOUR yard at 1AM ? There are places you can ride without going thru peoples yards.

Berlin Heights Guy

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yea right

first off sorry for the loss of life.. with that said i suggest u berlin hicks girl.. call the police for correct info.. there is only a 10 ft right away on anybodies property..there is also Noise ordinace ..as for me i would wait outside in my duck blind with my shot gun and shoot any and all snow mobiles that came thru MY yard..(not the people just the machine) ..

deertracker

.......and you will go to prison. Try it!

deertracker

dp!

All taken

Shooting at snowmobiles with people on them. Do you think that is legal. You are dumber than a box of rocks.
Rest in peace Gary, and screw these idiots.

Think9

Decided to delete my post. I'll just leave it as it originally started..."Bummer".

Think9

Deleted second duplicate post.

Berlin Heights Guy

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BULLISDEEP

OPERATING REGULATIONS Top of Article
Ohio law requires that all pertinent provisions of the motor vehicle traffic laws and of the laws prohibiting specified offenses relating to motor vehicles, applies to the operation of snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles, and APV's.

Authorization is given to utilize snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles and all APV's to be used;
1. To cross a highway other than a limited access highway or freeway;
2. On county and township highways whenever approved by those having jurisdictional authority over them;
3. Off and alongside streets or highways from the place of unloading the vehicle to the place at which it is intended and authorized to be used;
4. On the berm or shoulder of any highway, other than a limited access highway, or freeway when the terrain is such that the vehicle can be used safely;
5. On the berm or shoulder of a county or township road when traveling from one area of operation to another.

The operation of such vehicles is prohibited under the following conditions;
1. On any limited access highway or freeway or the right of way thereof;
2. On any private property without special permission of owner or in any nursery or planting area;
3. On any state-controlled land or waters except those which have been posted as permitting snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles or APV's;
4. On tracks or right-of-ways of any operating railroad;
5. When carrying a loaded or uncased firearm, bow or other hunting implement;
6. to chase, pursue, capture or kill any animal or wildlife;
7. From sunset to sunrise, unless displaying a lighted headlight and taillight as required under equipment regulations.

Section 4519.48 preserves the right of local authorities to regulate the operation of snowmobiles, off-highw3ay motorcycles and APV's on streets and highways and other public property under their jurisdiction, but prohibits them from requiring the registration of such vehicles on a lo9cal basis

BabyMomma

A real tough guy! You're a pu$$y

KnuckleDragger

She is right, there is a 10 ft public right of way on Rural property. I the snowmobiler is in this right of way there is nothing that can be done. If you are ignorant enough to shoot at one while they ride through that right of way you better be ready to do time, and you better hope the rider is carrying concealed or you may be the one pushing up daisies. You sir are an idiot.

ladydye_5

I think you might be mistaken....It would depend on WHERE you are and WHAT the village ordinance is. What town/village are you talking? If you are riding in MY village...that is a TICKET and ILLEGAL as HE!!. Sorry you are WRONG. But I agree, there is a difference between respectful and complete idiots. I have no issue with people just riding by, using my yard as grown adults with respect. But if you drive/act like a bunch of complete doucheb@gs, tearing things up and making a ruckus, you better believe I will make your life he!!.

KnuckleDragger

I guess it depends on where you live. Most areas in Huron County it is perfectly legal.

Erie County Resident

Sorry to hear of this needless death.
BHG I hate to tell you cupcake but you are TOTALLY wrong thinking you have the legal right to destroy peoples personal property.
Just ask your meathead brother snowmobiler that decided to get off his sled and threaten me about 4 years ago. He met my little friend and got a free night at the Erie County Hilton, a sled that was no longer usable, and a tow impound charge for it's remains. This after he and his idiot buddies destroyed a few thousand dollars worth of landscaping.
You are NOT allowed to go anywhere you please as you seem to think.

Berlin Heights Guy

this Got Way Out Of Hand, I'm Sorry, And I'm Sorry There Are People That Can't See Past The End Of Their Nose Condolences To The Family On Their Loss R.i.p. And God Bless

yea right

private proerty is just that..like hunting.. you dont have permission..YOU STAY OFF.. of private property..you think you could go on government land without permission..try it..oh and yea your "sled" does cause damage to the ground..and what if the owner had yard decorations..got covered up with snow..you damage it..then what..

NO COMMON SENSE.. and oh btw ppl rocksalt in my gun is NOT illeagle...hahaha

KnuckleDragger

Go ahead and use that rock salt on someone traversing your property and you will find out how wrong you are. Maybe you should peruse the use of force laws in this state. I know people that were sent to prison for felonious assault for using a rock salt load on someone trespassing on private property. Now if that person is in your home, different story.

Peninsula Pundit

Hm. Maybe the Stand Your Ground law the legislature is considering would be a good thing.

yea right

enter my property and find out..and as far as right-a-ways..well that is for utilities and stat use ONLY.. not ignorant ppl like you..after all i thought you were some maniac comin after me..i DEFENDED myself..or wait..you were a BEAR and i had to shoot to save my life..like i said ..go ahead try it..

KnuckleDragger

If I drive through the 10ft right of way on my snowmobile and you take a pot shot at me, you better be using real bullets because I shoot back. My guess is that you are just some scrawny little blow hard that would probably peep out his window and shiver in his boots. Like I said, give it try, see if law enforcement and the judge see it your way. I'm betting they won't.

yea right

i will use real..and i am far from being scrawny ..and yea i bet they will see it my way..so get back in to ur p...s extention grow up..and use your head other than a hat rack..

BabyMomma

Was that typed n English? You can't shoot someone no matter what, unless they are in your house, or threatening your life. I hardly think someone riding their machine on the GOVERNMENT owned right of way falls under either category. Shut up and find something else to complain about little boy.

yea right

big words for a burden on society.. FYI Ohio is a "NO defense" state..you can NOT shoot anyone..lol and if these ppl are carring firearms they better be within the law.. as for me i will just put up a fence..set up cameras (cheap now a days) and let the law and courts take away their toys..and if they damage MY property..they I have a lawyer who will take their house too..haha..I HAVE THE LAST LAUGH..

BabyMomma

You're dumb. Just flat out ignorant on every aspect of being a good person. This is the most childish response I've ever seen on here! We're talking about riding snowmobiles on GRASS and you start talking about taking peoples houses! Wow, you can have my house cocksuck, and the $1,287 a month payment. Come get it, keys are in my pocket beside my .40 :-)

yea right

why would i want your shack..mine is paid for..and dumb??? for what tell you what the laws say..wow u really need to grow up..oh and word of advise..close your legs and quit populating this country with dumba$$es..

buckeye15

I don't know if it is your group of 6-10 sledders I see out south of Berlin Heights, but if it is, then I would disagree with the respectful part. Despite having their properties posted, every year I see sledders and 4 wheelers in Burnham's woods and orchards. Take note of the regulations posted by BULLISDEEP that state it is prohibited in nurseries and planting areas.

Two years ago they used my dirt piles in my back yard as a slalom course, and ran over multiple young trees. Last year they rode almost 50 feet into my front yard, and ran right through my landscaping, destroying several shrubs. Every spring I spend several hours raking gravel out of my grass that they drag off the shoulder.

Berlin Heights Guy, if you know who this group is, go have a talk to them about respectful riding.

Berlin Heights Guy

Buckeye 15, I Can Assure You It Was Not My Group, There Are Always A-Holes That Ruin It For Everybody

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