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Published January 31 2011

No charges expected in fatal snowmobile accident in Mahnomen County

The Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office said charges aren’t expected to be filed in connection with the death of a 31-year-old Sartell, Minn., man.

Christopher Eibensteiner was killed on Saturday while riding a snowmobile with a group near South Twin Lake.

An autopsy revealed Eibensteiner died of a ruptured aorta from blunt force trauma, Sheriff Doug Krier said in a press release this afternoon.

Krier said an investigation found Eibensteiner was riding his snowmobile behind Gregory Else, 30, of West Fargo, when Else struck a large snow ridge just before 6 p.m.

Else tried to warn the snowmobiles behind him, but Eibensteiner struck the snow ridge and was thrown.

Eibensteiner’s snowmobile became airborne and struck Else and his snowmobile.

At the scene, Else was reported to have non-life-threatening injuries.

Speed, darkness and unfamiliarity with the lake are considered contributing factors to the accident, the release states.

Alcohol was previously ruled out as a contributing factor.