UPDATE: Mon 9:17 AM, Feb. 3, 2014
ROCK FALLS, Ill. (AP) -- Wisconsin authorities say a Rock Falls business owner has died in a snowmobile accident in Wisconsin.
Sauk Valley Media reports that 46-year-old Timothy W. Litwiller of Milledgeville was killed Saturday after the snowmobile he was riding left a trail and struck several trees near Mercer, Wis.
Iron County Sheriff Tony Furyk says the accident is being investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, but alcohol and speed are believed to be factors.
Litwiller owned Industrial Coating in Rock Falls.
Litwiller was a 1986 Milledgeville High School graduate, was a member of the Milledgeville Mens Club and the Elkhorn Creek Runners snowmobile club.
He is survived by his wife and two children.
ORIGINAL STORY: Sun. 7:34 PM, Feb. 2, 2014
An Illinois man is dead following a snowmobile accident early Saturday morning in Iron County,
The Iron County Sheriff's Department received a call reporting a snowmobile accident in the town of Mercer around 3:25 AM. When they arrived, a 46-year old man was unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead by the Iron County Coroner.
The man's group was traveling eastbound on trail 12 when his snowmobile left the trail and struck several trees. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.
The Iron County Sheriff's Department was assisted by Mercers Ambulance and Snowmobile Rescue and the Wisconsin DNR.
The accident remains under investigation. The name of the driver is being withheld until family can be notified.
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