Father Dies After Saving Son In Snowmobile Crash

Patrick Roberts was a father of three young children, and was the oldest of triplets.

The 44-year-old was killed Sunday morning when the snowmobile he was riding through a park hit a rock. His son, 7-year-old Donald, was on board as well, and survived.

“The throttle ended up getting stuck, and they hit a rock and Patrick threw himself and Donald off of the snowmobile and Patrick ended up landing chest down on a boulder.

Investigators say the snowmobile went 78 feet in the air before ending up in a brook.

Family members, while thankful Donald survived, are grieving the loss of his father.

“He’d help anybody, anybody,” said Christine Roberts, Donalds’s mother.

Donald is recovering from a broken leg.

He credits his dad with saving his life because Patrick threw him into a “nice pile of fluffy snow” when the snowmobile went airborne.

Donald`s mom, Christine, while grieving the loss of her ex-husband, is grateful her son is alive.

“He’s doing very well and we’re thankful his dad was able to save him,”

Both were wearing helmets and Patrick was familiar with the trails, but it was his first time taking the kids out for a ride.

Patrick,  leaves behind many family members.

“All those memories, it’s like a bond,” said Dorothy White, Christine`s sister. “There’s a bond broken that can never be filled again.”

Along with Donald, he had two daughters, 14-year-old Mary and 9-year-old Sarah, who were present at the crash.

 

HOW NOT TO TEST DRIVE A FRIEND’S $11k SNOWMOBILE

Cruising around a fresh bowl in Gorman Lake area near Golden, BC, with my dad on my 09 Crossfire 6, having a blast but definitely not setting any highmarks, and Dad says hey wanna take my 2012 M800 153″ for a spin? Hell yeah!
Little rock right at the top of the face? Easy climb for this beast. Unexpected abrupt change from powder to a super hard drift while I’ve got all my weight on my right side to start turn down? BAM! Bucked off, squashed, roll! Dad’s gonna kill me!
Since it was warm and the snow was kinda heavy, I was able to stop it before it started picking up speed.
(I know it doesn’t look steep on video but it was, steep enough for snow to slide on its own, as you can see, so that gives you an idea)
GoPro HD Hero2.

 

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You thought snowmobiling’s jack-of-all-trades had done it all. Watch this video. You were wrong.

Some people see the world as a playground, where anything and everything can and will be a shreddable obstacle. As a kid growing up in Minnesota, Levi LaVallee looked at his state’s capital Saint Paul like a ripe fruit, begging to be plucked, and ripped to shreds on his snowmobile. A land of opportunity that only he could see, it was his mission to take that city over on his trusty sled. Now, he’s done it.

 

Wicked Fast “Agent Orange” Outlaw Snowmobile

Kelly Shilts powered his Arctic Cat “Agent Orange” to a win in the Pro Outlaw Feature at the Ontonagon County Economic Partnership Upper Peninsula Snow Drag Championships on January 9, 2016 at the Masters Racing Circuit track in Ontonagon, Michigan.

This sled is owned by Dave Morris/ Red Cup Racing and it was built 100% by HYPERSPORTS.

 

Man Restores 1957 Polaris Snowmobile

Man restored a 1957 Polaris snowmobile he purchased nearly 20 years ago.

Although snow was melting away, Barry Andre brought out his old snowmobile to play.

“This one sat in a woodpile for 43 years,” Andre said. “I bought it from a snowmobile collector in the cities.”

Sitting in rough shape, Andre knew the Polaris would be quite a project.

“Everything was stuck in the motor,” Andre said. “The motor was one piece. The snowmobile was in two pieces and pretty bent up and twisted. I knew it was a rarity and knowing it was different, I wanted to restore it. The guy I bought it from said it would never be a sled again, but it didn’t turn out that way.”

Andre said the sled sat for about 16 years while he battled a series of health conditions.

“Everybody said, ‘You’ll never get it done. It isn’t worth doing. It’s too far gone.’ All they did was give me more incentive,” Andre said.

Two years ago, with help from his wife, Kim, and two sons, Dustin and Derek Andre brought out the snowmobile, welded the metal together, and got it into primer.

“We had to make a lot of parts, like the windshield frame,” Andre said. “Last year we finally figured it was enough and took time to get it done.”

Taking his first spin just after Christmas, he has been stealing snowmobile shows ever since.

“It has been first wherever it goes,” Andre said. “I didn’t realize how rare and odd it was until we started going to the shows and I figured we would see more of them, but haven’t been seeing any. This is a 1957, and the closest anyone has come to it is a 1962.”

Andre said he has won seven plaques and three trophies for first place and best of show when he travels to compete.

Andre said it was the only Polaris made with a steering wheel, and the serial number showed a cold chance of finding another. Andre said there are only 31 known to exist from 1957 to 1959, and many may not have been restored.

Weighing 1200 pounds and stretching over 11 feet, the Polaris is now a part of Andre’s life he hopes to keep.

“I’ve had plenty of offers on it and I don’t care to part with it yet. I plan on keeping it and having fun with it now. It is great to get out to shows and show it to people.”

Andre said he can get the Polaris going 15 miles per hour. He said it was originally built for farm use with a design like a boat to do well in deep snow.

Source:http://www.wqow.com/