Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in a fatal snowmobile crash in Dallas Plantation last night, Feb. 9.
William Arnow, 33 of Stamford, Connecticut was traveling on a 2019 Ski Doo MXZ on ITS trail 89 in Dallas Plantation heading towards Rangeley at approximately 10:30 pm when he crashed head-on into a powerline pole located off the side of the trail.
Arnow and a friend were out for a quick ride on separate snowmobiles and had just turned around and were headed back to their property rental in Rangeley when the friend noticed there were no longer snowmobile headlights following him.
After turning around and backtracking, he found Arnow laying unresponsive on the side of the trail, with the snowmobile crashed against a power line pole on the side of the trail.
He called 911 and performed CPR, until the Maine Warden Service, Rangeley Police Department and Emergency Service Personnel arrived. Arnow passed away at the scene.
The victim was wearing a helmet. The investigation continues.