Troopers investigate fatal snowmobile crash in Herkimer County

On Feb. 1, 2019, at approximately 9:09 p.m., state police responded to Snowmobile Trail C7 in the town of Webb for a personal injury snowmobile accident with an unresponsive male.

Preliminary investigation has determined, Frank M. Prendergast, 56, of Stony Point, was traveling north on a 2012 Ski-Doo 800 snowmobile when for an unknown reason exited the trail to the east becoming stuck in the snow. Prendergast then got off the snowmobile and entered trail C7.

A second rider in the group observed Prendergast in the trail and took evasive action to avoid hitting him. The third rider in the group attempted to take evasive action but was unsuccessful and struck Prendergast. The riders immediately contacted 911 for medical assistance.

Prendergast was dead at the scene. An autopsy will be conducted at Albany Medical Center to determine an official cause of death.

The investigation is continuing.

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