The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal snowmobile crash near Turquoise Lake on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22. 

The deceased was identified by the Lake County Coroner’s Office as Johnny Gaines, a Leadville local.

Gaines was operating the snowmobile and sustained life-threatening injuries at a crash site only accessible by foot or snow machine, according to Sheriff Heath Speckman. 

Law enforcement responded within minutes of a 911 call that day and emergency medical services arrived quickly, but Gaines was ultimately pronounced dead on-scene, said Speckman. 

While he hasn’t received a complete write-up of the incident yet, Speckman said a collision with a tree was reported. 

Notifications to family members of the deceased have been made, he added.

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