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Alcohol may be factor in death of two snowmobilers on Indian Lake

— Alcohol is a suspected factor in the death of two downstate men who were killed in a snowmobile collision on the ice of Indian Lake Saturday, March 2, according to the New York State Police.

Around 7 p.m., State Police in Indian Lake received a report of a fatal snowmobile accident on Indian Lake, according to a press release. State Police members, state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and members of the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance Corps responded to the scene on the lake about 2 miles south of the Indian Lake Marina on Lake Shore Road (CR 9) in the town of Indian Lake.

Police investigators found that Thomas R. Dykstra, 59, of Suffern, was operating his 2009 Arctic Cat snowmobile on the frozen lake in a northerly direction and entered the path of a second snowmobile, a 2002 Polaris, operated by Paul A. Prill IV, 51, of Schenectady, which was traveling in a southerly direction.

A front end collision ensued, and both men were ejected from their snowmobiles. Dykstra and Prill were transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital, where Hamilton County Coroner Virginia Jennings pronounced them deceased.

On March 3, Dr. Jung Lee performed autopsies and determined the cause of death for Dykstra and Prill to be severe blunt force trauma. The manner of death was ruled accidental. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor.

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