Wis. Skier Killed By Vehicle, Driver Turns Self In

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WASHBURN, Wis. (AP) — A snowmobiler in northern Wisconsin found the body of a skier who was apparently struck and killed by a vehicle, and a Washburn area teenager who says he was the vehicle’s driver has turned himself in.

The Bayfield County sheriff’s office says the body of 23-year-old Bjorn Erik Norgaard of Dundas, Minn., was found Sunday morning near an ice trail between Washburn and Ashland. The trail was being used for the “Book Across the Bay” ski race Saturday evening, although the victim wasn’t in the race.

Authorities say evidence at the scene suggested Norgaard was the victim of a hit-and-run.

Several hours after his body was found, a 16-year-old rural Washburn boy went to police and identified himself as the driver. Authorities say he’s cooperating with the investigation.

The Daily Press reports Norgaard was a 2010 graduate of Northland College in Ashland.

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