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This was on the front page of yesterday's paper

The Windsor Star - Man Dies in Crash

Avid snowmobiler hits row of trees

A Bellcreft Beach winter sports enthusiast who spent months repairing his snowmobile died when he took it on a test drive late Friday.

Friends and relatives of Ben "Bang Bang" Melo, 23, remembered him Sunday as a fun-loving man who would do anything for anyone and who lived life to the fullest.

Mr. Melo was killed when his snowmobile struck a tree in a field at County Road 13 and County Road 50.

"He died doing what he loved to do best," said his mother, Mindy Melo, with whom he lived. "It was the worst fear that I ever had and it happened" said a tearful Melo. Melo said her son was an avid snowmobiler who had been on them since he was two years old.

"He lived for snowmobiling," said Melo, adding that Ben was laid off Thursday from his labourer job at Sieman's Automotive which he only started in September.

Mr. Melo was test-driving his machine with his friend Tom Gagnon, of McGregor, around 11pm when the accident happened.

Gagnon said he was riding along side Mr. Melo on another snowmobile travelling 80 to 100kph in poor visibility due to blowing snow.

Gagnon, who was on the right, said he veered when he saw a row of trees and thought Mr. Melo saw them too but when he looked back he didn't see Mr. Melo or his machine.

"He must not have seen the trees because of the blowing snow," said Gagnon.

Gagnon said he and another snowmobiling friend who came along went to look for Mr. Melo and Gagnon found his friend lying on the ground next to the snowmobile.

Essex Police say Mr. Melo was rushed to Leamington District Memorial Hospital with severe injuries. He was pronounced dead.

Gagnon said Mr. Melo had been repairing his machine since the summer and had just finished that day. He said he wanted to take it for a test drive before taking it up north Dec. 26 for an annual trip. He said the two were wearing all the proper protective gear, including goggles and helmets and the lights on the snowmobiles were on.

~ snip funeral arrangements ~

Essex police are still investigating.
 

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Wow thats sad. Don't know what else to say.
 
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