'Dangerous machine': Ont. man loses son in snowmobile crash, 1 year after brother died

An Ottawa-area man says he will never use his snow machine again after losing his 26-year-old son in an snowmobiling accident earlier this week -- one year after he lost his brother the same way.

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“Drove them lots, had a lot of fun,” said Ivan Petersen. “Dangerous machine.”

Ivan’s son Justin Petersen, 26, was killed after going off-trail Tuesday, in an incident that also injured Justin’s thirty-six-year-old cousin.

The accident occurred one year and one week after Ivan’s brother, Steven Petersen, 46, struck a fence post and died near Petawawa, Ont.

Petersen’s grieving parents said their son was married last summer and was expecting a baby this summer. They said he would have made an excellent father.

The Petersens said their son was experienced on the trails, having been on snow machines since the age of three.

They suspect a the lack of snow on the trails this year caused their son’s machine to heat up, forcing him off-trail, where he apparently didn’t see a ditch in time to stop.

OPP Cst. Joel Doiron reminded the public that it’s dangerous to go off-trail. “The trails are there for a reason,” he said.

A funeral service for Petersen will be held in Osgoode, Ont., on Monday, with a visitation on Saturday and Sunday in Metcalfe, Ont.

With a report from CTV Ottawa


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