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.