Conservation Officer Levi Frye
February 1, 2021
Pittsburg, NH – On Saturday, January 30, 2021 at approximately 10:00 p.m., NH Fish and Game was notified of a single person snowmobile crash on the First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg.
NH Fish and Game, Pittsburg Fire and Rescue, and 45th Parallel EMS responded to the scene to assist the patient, identified as Giovani Fodera, 30, of Reading, Massachusetts. Upon interviewing the patient and witnesses to the crash, Conservation Officers determined that Fodera was operating a family member’s snowmobile by himself on First Connecticut Lake. He admitted to operating it at a very high rate a speed beyond his ability to control. While doing so, he struck rocks, leading up to the shoreline, causing him and the snowmobile to crash. This resulted in serious injuries to his person and extensive damage to the machine.
Witnesses rushed to his aid and brought Fodera back to the rental cabins where they were all staying and dialed 911. An emergency response was initiated and Fodera was transported by the 45th Parallel Ambulance to the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital’s helicopter pad where he was met by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) helicopter to be subsequently transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon with serious injuries.
Conservation Officers determined that operator inexperience and excessive speed were the primary contributing factors in the crash.
NH Fish and Game would like to remind riders to always operate within their limits while riding a snowmobile to avoid putting themselves and others at risk.