Criminal charges expected after passenger on snowmobile severely injured in crash in Chisago County

February 04, 2019 10:47 PM

A late night snowmobile ride on a Chisago County lake ended in a bad way.

Twenty-two-year-old Zoe Reider of North Branch was injured in the crash.


Reider was a passenger on a snowmobile driven by 22-year-old Travis Van Elsberg. 

Reider is in an intensive care unit after suffering a head injury, three broken ribs, a lacerated liver, a punctured lung and spinal damages.

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Police reports indicated there was a large gathering of people ice fishing and making tracks on their snowmobiles.  The fun turned frightening in the middle of the night and Reider's mom received a frantic call.

"I know there was alcohol involved," Amy Reider, Zoe's mother, said. "And people forget to use common sense and obviously they're not capable of making the right decisions."                    

Deputies at the scene said neither Travis Van Elsberg or Zoe Reider were wearing helmets when their snowmobile crashed into a parked pickup.  

Van Elsberg was slightly hurt, but Reider was critically injured, 

"Zoe has grown up with snowmobiles," her mother said. "She always wears a helmet and I was so surprised that she did not have a helmet on."

Van Elsburg could face criminal vehicular operation and driving under the influence charges.  He is expected to appear in a Chisago County courtroom on Tuesday.

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