Snowmobiler dies after striking river bank

An Ottawa man died late Saturday after his snowmobile struck a river bank near Quyon in Quebec’s Pontiac region.

Joseph Leafloor, 31, was driving the snowmobile and crashed while attempting a U-turn.

“It will take a couple of weeks before we find out exactly what happened, but we think alcohol and speeding was involved,” said MRC des Collines Sgt. Louis Piche.

Police were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. and Leafloor died later in a Shawville hospital.

Family and friends were devastated to learn of his passing.

“It’s not a very good day,” said Leafloor’s business partner, Taylor MacDonald, 27.

Leafloor’s parents gave MacDonald the news over the phone. MacDonald was shaken up as he described his buddy.

“He’s known for his upbeat, bubbly personality,” said MacDonald.

“He’d bring energy into a room. He was well-liked, well-loved.”

The men worked in construction. Last July, they started a business called Solid Masonry.

“We were just taking it step by step,” said MacDonald.

Leafloor attended Algonquin College and Ecole des Metiers de la Construction de Montreal.

Police said Leafloor was alone on the machine and there were no witnesses.

Leafloor had been ice fishing with friends “and then he went from there alone with his snowmobile and then this happened,” said Piche.

The investigation continues.

@ottawasunkroche

http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/01/22/snowmobile-dies-after-striking-river-bank

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