Snowmobilers hurt in Sunday crash identified
The two men, who were severely injured Sunday when their snowmobiles collided east of Brainerd, have been identified as Joseph Novick, 47, Burnsville, and Richard Mills III, 27, of Minneapolis, reported the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.
Novick was transported by North Memorial Aircare to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he was in critical condition Monday. Mills was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd, where he was in fair condition Monday.
The sheriff’s office responded to the personal injury snowmobile crash at 3:02 p.m. to an open field off Crow Wing County Road 142. The field is an area near a designated snowmobile trail near the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport and the Crow Wing County Highway Department building.
Novick and Mills were both wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Assisting at the scene were the Brainerd Fire Department, Brainerd Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and North Memorial Ambulance.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.