A 51-year-old man died after being struck by a snowmobile in east Winnipeg.
According to police, the man was walking in a field behind the 100 block of Millwood Meadow in the Transcona neighbourhood, at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The man died a short time later.
The driver of the snowmobile was treated for minor injuries.
Police are still investigating and consulting with the Crown prosecutor's office to determine what charges might be laid against the driver. Spokeswoman Const. Natalie Aitken said charges, if laid, could include criminal negligence or speeding.
Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash, police said.
It is illegal to operate a recreational motor vehicle within city limits but the number of people breaking that law is increasing.
In 2009, police charged 23 people. In 2010, that number had almost doubled to 44, Aitken said.
Residents in the area where the man was struck on Thursday, say snowmobilers are a constant problem.
"You hear them in the evening revving to go out onto the fields at the end of our street. It can be all hours of the day or night," said Lois Burkett.
Ron Nowicki regularly walks his dog along a new bike and foot path in the field and said he has a number of close callls with snowmobilers.
There are signs saying snowmobilers shouldn't be there, he added.
"It's tragic. I mean, it's not even comprehensible … well it's comprehenisble, it's just so utterly stupid," he said about the fatality.
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