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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Comments (8)
  1. mama j says:

    It is so great what someone who has committed a crime can be so honest. Now there should be no unanswered questions for the family who lost this loved one. But that still does not make it or ok. and he did originally commit a hit and run, My heart goes out to the young mans family.

    1. Brian says:

      No unanswered questions?? How about the question was Bjorn still alive after the accident? Could this 16 yr old helped save his live if he would of stayed? Or even stayed with Bjorn as he passed away?
      This driver needs to be charged for what he did, He robbed the world of a truly great man.

      R.I.P Bjorn, we’ll miss you!

  2. Ron says:

    Have you noticed just how many drivers run after hitting pedestrians? It’s another mark of the times where people just don’t want to accept responsibility for their actions.

  3. shirley says:

    My thoughts & prayers to both family’s.

  4. pat says:

    this is a tragedy for both families. I am so sorry for the family that lost their son, how do yourecover. but a sixteen year old? I am so glad he came forward, it is a step toward taking responsibility for ones actions. I remember be ing that age and I am sure the fear and dread would be overwhelming.

  5. Ron says:

    THe real question now is whether the person could have survived if they would have been helped after the accident. Young humans in good physical shape can survive horrific injuries if they are treated within the “golden Hour”. If the little puke who hit this guy and left him to die, could have changed the outcome of this fatality by seeking help or rendering whatever aid he could. If it can be proven he left him to die. He needs to be sent to prison as a lesson to others …

    Accidents happen. I get that. But the inexcusable to leave a wounded and dying on the battlefield of life is unexcusable…

  6. Ed says:

    Give the kid credit for stepping up and admitting his crime, now wait for the details before you hang the kid out back.

    1. Kathie says:

      I fully agree, Ed. We don’t know if the skier died instantly or could have been saved. We don’t know if the skier was readily visible or wearing dark clothes that would have made it difficult to be seen. We don’t know if road conditions played a part. There is much we don’t know. What we do know is that two young men were involved and both families and the driver are living in a hell none of us would trade places with them.

      My heart goes out to both of the young men and their families.