Almost killed snowmobiler

December 6, 2013

I almost killed a snowmobiler this Thanksgiving.
Missed him just by a few feet as he zipped down Dodge Lake Road, just north of
M-61. Scared the bejesus out of me. I still shutter to think of it.

It was snowing that afternoon and I was coming to a stop on Mostetler, a dirt road that intersects paved Dodge Lake Road.

I had planned to stop past the stop sign but short of the pavement, and then check for cars. I normally get close to the pavement before stopping since there is a rise on both sides of Mostetler that obstructs one’s view of cars heading north or south on the pavement.
And, as I found out, obstructs snowmobilers on the shoulder.

The snowmobile roared past the nose of my car. Had I been a few seconds faster or he a few seconds slower he would be dead.

I’ve replayed the scene a hundred times since. Missing him was an extra blessing I enjoyed this past holiday. I wonder if he realizes how blessed he is. Snowmobilers may use the shoulder of the road in Clare County but when he crossed Mostetler he was (in my estimation) no longer on the shoulder.
He was ON a public road. I, on the other hand, should have stopped at the stop sign and then crawled
forward to the road edge.

However, my point is not to affix blame but to prevent tragedy whether at intersections or at
driveways. As an actor in a television program a favorite TV show from the 80’s used to say: “Let’s be careful out there.”

Martin Johnson

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