Wardens said their machine slammed into a tree in the overnight hours Saturday. They also say there appears to be two main factors in the crash.
"He's just a great kid. I'm going to miss him. We're all going to miss him." said Rose Ross of her former student.
Rose Ross is heartbroken over the tragic death of one of her fifth grade students. The Maine Warden Service said the boy was riding on a snowmobile with his father, Jason Tracy, when it crashed into a tree at 1 a.m. Sunday. Investigators said the child was wearing a helmet, but his dad was not.
Richard Sarto is one of several neighbors in this part of hermon who ride snowmobiles. He said "It's terrible. It really is. It hits close to home, you know."
Sarto added "It is dangerous. It's a dangerous sport. But you got to keep your wits about you and be sensible."
Lt. Dan Scott, of the Maine Warden Service, cites speed and alcohol as contributing factors in the crash.
Ross called the boy who died a great kid. She said he was always willing to help his friends and classmates at Hermon Middle School. She stated "He was loved by everybody. He was so giving and so understanding. If someone was hurt, he would be the first one to step up to help him."
Game wardens are continuing to investigate. They will rely on a blood alcohol test, any witnesses, and the crash reconstruction to make a final determination as to the cause.