Schroon accident fatal

SCHROON LAKE - A Warrensburg man was killed and another critically injured in a snowmobile accident in Schroon Lake Jan. 31.

Benjamin A. Round, 21, died and Richard G. Stewart, 33, of Diamond Point injured in the crash.

Round was operating a 2002 Yamaha snowmobile westbound on Schroon Lake with Stewart as a passenger when the snowmobile struck a two-foot snow embankment causing the snowmobile to go airborne and eject both riders before crashing on the ice, according to state police.

Neither Round nor Stewart were wearing helmets.

The investigation revealed both alcohol and speed were contributing factors to the accident, police said.

Round was transported by the Schroon Lake Rescue Squad to Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga, where he was pronounced deceased.

Stewart was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

An autopsy was performed on Round at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake Feb. 1. It determined the cause of death to be blunt force head trauma.

The Essex County Corner declared the manner of death as accidental.

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