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Hit and run on Tonka.
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My son's friend had this experience. If you have any leads please help.

Hi Everyone, my name is Peter and I have “lurked” on these forums for a while. I have thought about making an account, but never got around to it. I wanted to share some news in hopes of helping law enforcement catch these guys, unfortunately this is my first post…

Friday night my girlfriend (Sam) and I headed out to Lake Minnetonka from Wayzata Bay. As many of you know, this is a very busy part of the lake…plenty of people ice fishing, skiing, walking, kite snowboarding (whatever that is called). We walked out toward spirit island, and started getting set up. Everything was done except the tip ups. Sam was sitting in the house while I was outside setting lines up. We fish in a portable hub house (Eskimo Quickfish 3) with reflectors on it. I also use a bright light and keep the windows down so light can be seen from the house. The attached picture shows what this looks like (taken on a different day but included just for reference).

Two snowmobiles came in right toward us going VERY fast – especially for the area they were entering. My first thought was that they might buzz past us. Well, a split second later I knew something was wrong and screamed as loud as I possibly could. The next thing I can remember is running toward the house. As the snowmobile hit, the house was gone instantly and debris flew everywhere. I was in shock. For a moment I thought there was no possible way she could not have been killed. The most shocking part I think was when she stood up from the chair she was sitting in and we ran to each other in complete shock. She was not dead, and did not appear to be badly injured….I couldn’t believe it.

I began screaming at the two on snowmobile–they were sitting about 100 yards from us. I started to run to them, but Sam grabbed me and said her foot hurt really bad. I could not believe they were just sitting there…not helping…appearing to debate what to do. After calling 911 I took a quick video of the mess (I wanted to document something in case it could possibly help), then put Sam in the Smitty sled and headed back to shore to be there to meet the ambulance that would waiting for us.

The snowmobiles took off towards Wayzata bay and disappeared. It was such a terrible feeling to see them flee the scene and leave us there. They had no idea what happened, and what could have happened.

It was a MIRACLE that the snowmobile went through the house on the side she was not sitting on (where I was sitting a minute before!). She ended up with a bad contusion to her shin/foot and a bruised bone, but it could have been SO much worse. We are very very thankful.

I am sharing this because I am seeking information from anyone on this incident, to please report this to the Hennepin County Sheriffs Water Patrol (612-596-9880). I really hope these individuals are caught…they know what kind of people they are. I also want people to understand they are responsible for their own safety, I have thought about something like this, but always thought “well that wont happen to me”. With reflectors on the hub house, and lit up windows….I thought I had taken enough precaution.

There are so many people that use this Lake that are great people, its these few that ruin the experience for us all. Please be careful out there.

Posted on: 2/1 14:20:22
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Re: Hit and run on Tonka.
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Thats scary. I worry about this all the time. I try to make myself visible like this guy did but by the time the snowmobile sees you it still may be too late. Far too common to see snowmobiles flying across the lake going way too fast. By the time they see you it can be too late.

Posted on: 2/1 15:21:40
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Re: Hit and run on Tonka.
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Almost got clipped 3 times over the weekend out there myself. Guys were within 10 feet of my hub in an area that litterally had no other shacks/people. I know there is a speed limit for boats out there. I wonder if there is a limit for sleds?

Glad everyone was ok! The chances of finding them are slim unfortunately.

Posted on: 2/1 15:39:47
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Re: Hit and run on Tonka.
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I think there is a 50mph limit but not sure.

Most likely the only way they will get caught is if someone notices damage to a sled. If there was any.

They are lucky.

Makes me wonder how anyone came up with white for the color of a portable? This was a red one but there are white ones now. Hard enough to be seen at night why add daytime to that?

Posted on: 2/1 16:33:39
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Re: Hit and run on Tonka.
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They are lucky she wasn't seriously injured or killed. Just insane to me someone could drive through an ice shelter like that and not stop to make sure the people are OK.

Posted on: 2/2 8:33:24
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Posted on: 2/2 9:05:25
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Re: Hit and run on Tonka.
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With the amount of idiots buzzing by on the lakes at night I'm surprise this doesn't happen more often. I will not fish outside or in a portable at night on most metro lakes that are busy with snowmobilers.

Posted on: 2/4 14:49:39
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Re: Hit and run on Tonka.
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Sad deal,suspects are cowards and most likely were drunk as they sped off ,do we have a law in regards to snowmobilies keeping x distance from ice fishing structures? or is it a free for all,south center lake and white bear lake are a couple with renegade sleder's that don't give a shete....

Posted on: 2/5 10:06:52
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Re: Hit and run on Tonka.
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I so hope they catch these evil p*icks.
They had no idea how badly anyone was hurt and could have possibly helped save a life by returning and assisting.

These people are why I don't fish lakes like East Rush until I can drive out, and once set up, position the F150 kitty wupus from the Fraybill Hideout that I use....since both are black.

Posted on: 2/5 10:47:35
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Re: Hit and run on Tonka.
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Agreed bander,I do the same also put refictive tape all over my portable /trailer ...still these clowns are attracted to our house lights or so it seems,I/WE were set up off east shore on mille lacs two portables late night,no truck early ice,had a few tip-ups out prime time,wouldn't ya lnow here comes a couple sleds right on us buddy had a latern on the ice after he landed a fish,left the spot and latern,damn sled trashed the tip-up had the entire lake to go around but zero'd in on our lights,frustrating,of course they sped off when the yelling started.

Posted on: 2/10 14:52:33
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