Champlain man killed in snowmobile accident

CHAMPLAIN The first snowstorm of the season, which blanketed the region and closed businesses and schools, also claimed the life Champlain resident Raymond LaBelle Dec. 3. According to Chazy-based State Police, Mr. Labelle was riding his snowmobile southbound on Creek Road in Champlain when he lost control, slamming into a tree. Friends who were also riding with Mr. Labelle used cell phones to summon help shortly after 11:30 p.m. Champlain EMS responded to the scene and transported Mr. Labelle to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, where he was pronounced dead. Police believe excessive speed and alcohol contributed to the accident. Friends and family remember Mr. Labelle as an avid hunter and fisherman, who truly enjoyed life. He enjoyed riding and rebuilding snowmobiles and was also a member of the National Rifle Association and the Plattsburgh Rod and Gun Club. Mr. Labelle left behind two teenage daughters, Samantha and Sidney Labelle, along with his companion, Lisa Bodah, and her two children, Megan and Katrina.

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