Cle Elum man killed when snowmobile hits elk, passenger injured

Joseph Heitman, 25, of Cle Elum, was killed in a Cle Elum-area snowmobile accident on Saturday and his passenger, Karla Vicente, 19, of Ellensburg was critically injured.

The Yakima Herald.com reports that the snowmobile accident occurred on McElroy Road late Saturday. Heitman was driving his 2003 Polaris at a high rate of speed when he collided with the elk
A passerby called firefighters and attempted to revive Heitman but he succumbed to his injuries.

Vicente was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of her injuries.

Motorcyclists and snowmobilers are most at risk in deer or elk collisions. When cars collide with wildlife, in only 2% of the cases there is a fatality to the driver. However, in 85% of motorcycle-wildlife collisions, the driver is killed.

In October, November and December, motorists are at the highest risk of collisions with deer and other wildlife because of wildlife migration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that insurance claims for collisions with wildlife are at their highest in November.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents including snowmobile accidents and the family of those killed.

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