Deceased snowmobiler to be remembered Jan. 6

An SD&G OPP cruiser. Smith photo, Nation Valley News file

Brian Holland third person killed while snowmobiling in Ontario this season

INGLESIDE — A South Stormont man killed while driving a snowmobile on Christmas Eve will be remembered and celebrated Jan. 6 at Brownlee Funeral Home.

Brian Holland died at the scene of the incident on the Long Sault Parkway, Dec. 24. At about 5:05 p.m., Holland lost control of his snowmobile after hitting an object. “He struck a chain,” clarified Staff Sgt. Carol Dionne, OPP provincial media relations coordinator.

The 63-year-old Ingleside resident became the third snowmobile fatality in the province this season, according to Dionne. His loss followed the deaths of a 34-year-old man who struck a tree Dec. 16 near Tweed and a man in his 50s who went through the ice in Northwest Ontario in late November.

There have been just as many snowmobiling deaths again in the province since Holland’s passing.

A fourth Ontarian lost his life aboard a snowmobile before 2017 was over — a 16-year-old boy who ran into a tree near the southwestern Ontario community of Elmvale on Dec. 28, according to media accounts. Two more fatalities — the fifth and sixth this season — occurred New Year’s Day in separate incidents, again in southwestern Ontario.


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