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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:52

Twenty-nine-year-old dies after hitting tree in late-night, Town of Fredonia accident

    A 29-year-old Port Washington man died of his injuries after a late-night snowmobile crash on the Milwaukee River in the Town of Fredonia Wednesday, Jan. 17.
    Daniel Dickmann was riding a Polaris snowmobile south on the frozen river with friends when he failed to make a turn where the river bends near the intersection of Highways Z and I and hit a tree along the bank shortly before midnight, according to authorities.
    Wisconsin of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Tony Young said it’s not clear how fast Dickmann was going.
    “We can say that it wasn’t slow,” Young said. “We know speed was involved.”
    Dickmann’s friends, who apparently didn’t have cell phones, flagged down a passing motorist, who called for help, Young said.
    A Waubeka Fire Department ambulance took Dickmann, a 2007 Port Washington High School graduate who grew up in Saukville, to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, where he was pronounced dead, Lt. Wayne Lambrecht of the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office said.
    A lack of snow has made the Milwaukee River essentially the only place to snowmobile in Ozaukee County this winter, and without snow cover to provide traction, the river is slick, Young said.
    “The trails aren’t open. In fact, they haven’t even been close to being open this winter,” he said.
    Lambrecht said the Jan. 17 crash was the first snowmobile accident reported to the sheriff’s office this season and the first fatal snowmobile accident in years.
    According to the DNR, Dickmann was the sixth person who died as the result of snowmobile accidents in Wisconsin this winter.  In all of the crashes, snowmobiles hit fixed objects such as trees and, in one case, a shoreline. All the crashes except the Town of Fredonia accident occurred in far northern Wisconsin.
    An obituary for Dickmann appears on page 11B.Daily Press