Providence man dies after snowmobiling accident

Family photo of Chris Checketts (Courtesy: Facebook).

The family of a snowmobiler who was severely injured Thursday afternoon near Tony Grove Lake has announced his death. Chris Checketts was taken off life support Saturday at Intermountain Medical Center where he was being treated for critical internal injuries.

Checketts’ wife, Sandra, posted on her Facebook page that her husband passed away on April 6, which also happened to be his birthday. “My life has been blessed with so many amazing adventures and great times with Chris,” she posted.

Thursday afternoon, search and rescue teams were called to help Checketts, who crashed his sled while riding in the Cornice Ridge area. Checketts’ son, who was riding his own sled at the time, was able to reach his father and call 911.

Checketts sustained a broken leg and internal injuries but was conscious and breathing.

The two men were just below the ridge above the northeast side of the lake. They asked emergency dispatch operators to send a medical helicopter but because of the steep terrain and the threat of avalanches, the pilot wasn’t able to land near the crash site.

Rescuers were able to reach the Checketts about two hours after the crash. As they arrived, his condition began to deteriorate and he went into shock. Crews performed CPR and were able to partially revive him. They transported him down to where the medical helicopter was able to land.

Checketts was flown to Logan Regional Hospital in extremely critical condition. He was later transported to Intermountain Medical Center.

Sandra Checketts said her husband was enjoying what he loved best when he was involved in the accident.

Chris Checketts was the owner and operator of Custom Counter Tops.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at noon in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center located at 360 E. 450 N. Millville. A viewing will be held just before the funeral and Tuesday night at Nyman Funeral Home, 753 S. 100 E. in Logan.

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