The Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 11:45 p.m. Saturday on Hartland Center Road, about one-third of a mile north of U.S. 20 in Townsend Township in Huron County.
Gary Jenkins, 44, of Norwalk, was operating a 1997 Ski-Doo snowmobile southbound alongside the east side of Hartland Center Road when the snowmobile struck a culvert, ejecting him. The snowmobile then struck a tree and came to rest.
Jenkins, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Jeffrey Harwood, Huron County coroner. His body was transported from the scene by Citizens EMS to Mormon Funeral home in Wakeman.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Townsend Fire Department, Citizens EMS, Huron County Coroner’s Office and Norb’s Towing.
Sgt. Brian Gockstetter of the Norwalk post said people operating snowmobiles and similar vehicles should wear safety equipment such as helmets.
Gockstetter said it’s unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.
“Obviously we would urge anybody operating any type of vehilce, including snowmobiles, to refrain from drinking and operating,” he said.
Jenkins worked at Republic Waste Services, where he was known as “Junk Man Jenkins.” He was a Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast.
Survivors include his son, Alec Jenkins, and mother, Myra (Parker) Jenkins of Norwalk, as well as four sisters who live in this area.
Calling hours will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Evans Funeral Home in Norwalk, where a funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A complete obituary is posted HERE.