Loyal man sentenced for snowmobile accident death
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – A Loyal man was sentenced for a snowmobile crash that resulted in the death of a 34-year-old Loyal man.
In Feb. 2017, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a snowmobile accident located northeast of Catlin Avenue and State Highway 98 in the township of Sherman.
A snowmobile being operated by Steven D. Lauenstein, Loyal, was traveling west on a snowmobile trail and lost control after entering a wooded area. The passenger, Robert N. Kurz, 34, was ejected from the snowmobile.
Lauenstein and Kurz were transported to the Marshfield Medical Center, where Kurz was pronounced dead. It was determined that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
In April 2018, Lauenstein pleaded guilty to intoxicated use of a vehicle. Four other charges were dismissed.
Lauenstein was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of extended supervision, as well as 50 hours of community service and court costs.