FARMINGTON : At 11:09 A.M. Sunday, The Maine Warden Service investigated a fatal snowmobile crash that occurred on a snowmobile trail in Farmington off the Holly Road. Richard Keith Horton, age 50, of Delran, New Jersey was snowmobiling with two friends when his machine struck a tree on the edge of the trail. Horton was pronounced dead on scene by medical personnel.
Wardens reported that neither speed nor alcohol was contributing factors in this incident however operator inexperience and riding in an unfamiliar were. Horton was operating a borrowed snowmobile. Maine Game Wardens, Farmington Fire & Rescue, State Police Troopers, as well as equipment provided by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were on scene assisting with the investigation. The incident remains under investigation and will be reviewed by the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office.
This is Maine’s third snowmobile related fatality this season.