MOULTONBORO, N.H. -- New Hampshire officials say a Westford man remains in critical condition after a serious snowmobile crash threw him more than 80 feet from his vehicle Saturday morning.

The state Fish and Game Department has identified the rider involved in a serious snowmobile accident as Brandon Fitzgerald, 23, of Westford. Fish and Game Conservation Sgt. Brad Morse said Fitzgerald crashed while riding his snowmobile on a route through Long Island in Moultonboro on Lake Winnipesaukee at about 12:45 a.m. early Saturday. Friends were on the lake with Fitzgerald, Morse said, and they called state police when they spotted the man's snowmobile lights had dimmed down on the island from afar.

"He was on the trail ...and hit an 8-foot snow embankment," Morse said. "He was thrown 80 feet and struck a guardrail, though it's hard to tell exactly where."

Morse said Fitzgerald had a helmet on at the time but still sustained serious head injuries. The snowmobile was also totaled in the event.

Fitzgerald was found unconscious and unresponsive when state and local officials arrived on scene. He was transported by ambulance to Moultonboro Airport and then taken by DHART helicopter to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He was still in the intensive care unit Sunday morning, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Morse added he continues to be in contact with Fitzgerald's family to update on them on their son's condition.


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He also said it is not atypical for people to ride heir snowmobiles late at night on the lake.

"People do it all the time but you just have to be cognizant and go a lot slower than you would in the day because you can't see," Morse said. "There are a lot of hazards out there."

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