Gary Baldwin 02-14-10

Fairbanks snowmachiner dies in plummet from gravel mound

The Associated Press, Published: February 15th, 2010

FAIRBANKS -- A 40-year-old Fairbanks man died Sunday after driving his snowmachine off a 60-foot gravel pile.

Gary Baldwin was pronounced dead at the scene on the dike system near the Tanana River south of Fairbanks. Alaska State Troopers took a call on the incident just before 5 p.m.

A witness said Baldwin had been driving his snowmobile up the back side of the gravel pile, which had an incline like a ramp on its east side but an edge more like a cliff on the west.

On the fatal ride, Baldwin failed to stop at the edge, drove off the 60-foot face and crashed.

The witness administered CPR until authorities arrived.

Troopers say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.