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Following death of brother, Matt Ritchie likely to race PDF Print E-mail

Despite the tragic death of his brother in a vehicle accident last Tuesday in Oneida County, snowmobile racer Matt Ritchie indicated he would be racing in the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby this weekend in Eagle River.

Jeremy Ritchie, 22, of Minocqua, and two other people were killed in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 51 last Tuesday afternoon.

According to a story in the Lakeland Times in Minocqua, where the Ritchies reside and own a propane business, family members said Matt Ritchie will compete in the snowmobile races because Jeremy Ritchie wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Jeremy Ritchie assisted

the Matt Ritchie Motorsports team as a mechanic.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a vehicle crash involving a passenger car and a semi-tractor/propane tanker on Highway 51 and Fernwood Road in the town of Cassian at about 1:16 p.m. last Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The preliminary investigation indicated that a southbound passenger vehicle apparently lost control and entered the northbound lane of traffic and struck a northbound propane tanker driven by Jeremy Ritchie. He and the two occupants in the passenger vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The two women in the passenger vehicle were identified as Justine G. Ringberg, 22, of Bayfield, and Raquel E. Nunez, 22, of New York, N.Y.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and Oneida County Medical Examiner’s Office are continuing their investigation into the events surrounding the vehicle crash. 

Friday, January 17, 2014 11:29 AM
Last Updated on Monday, January 20, 2014 9:01 AM

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