The State Police have released the identity of a Pittsfield woman killed in a snowmobile accident last Wednesday, according to The Berkshire Eagle.

Michelle M. Vincent, 56, was confirmed as the victim in last Saturday’s fatal snowmobile crash in the Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest. The state forest spans Hawley, Savoy, and Plainfield Massachusetts, and is a popular spot for riding.

Plainfield Fire Chief David Alvord said Vincent passed away after her snowmobile struck a tree Saturday evening in the State Forest. She was leading a group of snowmobilers who had gone out that day to enjoy near-perfect trail conditions according to reports.

About 20 minutes passed before first responders were contacted because of the lack of cellular service in the area according to Alvord. First responders tried to locate the snowmobilers, gaining an idea of their location when they heard someone mention Hell’s Kitchen. When emergency responders arrive, Vincent had no pulse and received CPR before removing her from the forest on a utility terrain vehicle belonging to the Cummington Fire Department. She was rushed to Cooley Dickinson Hospital by Highland Ambulance, and was pronounced dead at the hospital, Alvord said.

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According to her obituary, Vincent was a passionate leader in the snowmobiling community and was a member and former president of the Kanary Kats Snowmobile Club in Savoy. She served as a lead event organizer and reported on trail conditions and safety, the announcement said.

“She loved life’s scenery. Michelle was also fiercely loyal to her family, her pup Lexi, and friends...Her outgoing nature and love will be missed by all that knew and loved her. When you think of Michelle celebrate the good memories you have of her. She would want that. Remember that life is fragile, short, and should be lived to the fullest, which she did," Vincent's obituary read.

 

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