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Friend gives up helmet on snowmobile ride, dies in Lino Lakes crash

There are 57 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Mar 3, 2011, titled Friend gives up helmet on snowmobile ride, dies in Lino Lakes crash. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Nervous about riding on a snowmobile for the first time since she was about 10 years old, Adrianne Knotz said her friend John Brandenburger gave her his helmet to ease her worry.

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Dude

Barron, WI

#1 Mar 3, 2011
How sad. Too bad there was not another helmet.
God bless him for protecting his friend, rather than himself.
Knownexttime

Kuwait

#2 Mar 4, 2011
Excessive speeding. Drunk or sober doesn't matter to physics. RIP

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#3 Mar 4, 2011
Drinking from after work until two in the morning? Didn't appear drunk? Right.
JEROME

Tampa, FL

#5 Mar 4, 2011
What a sad ending. Drinking and driving just doesn't work! Be it car, truck, boat, all- terrain, snow mobile or plane. Stay sober, stay safe!
Ali

Alexandria, MN

#6 Mar 4, 2011
Knownexttime wrote:
Excessive speeding. Drunk or sober doesn't matter to physics. RIP
Another time to berate the deceased would have been less hurtful to his family and friends. This was inappropriate.
Ali

Alexandria, MN

#7 Mar 4, 2011
blindman wrote:
apparently his helmet was so tight on his head it clouded his good judgement, by not going and getting another helmet.
What a horrid person you are to make light of this tragedy! Your comment was way out of line! A family is grieving a loss. His friends are grieving, also. Have some respect for their pain!
Ali

Alexandria, MN

#8 Mar 4, 2011
I'm so sorry for this young man and his family and friends. This is a tragedy for all involved. My heart goes out to all of them.
Trapper

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Mar 4, 2011
Channel 5 incorrectly reported the accident happened on Rice Lake, location of Trappers Bar. Good food, bad service.
CONCERNED

Naperville, IL

#11 Mar 4, 2011
Have someone check the chain in the chaincase. IF it snapped while trying to brake from high speed you would be left with a rocket and no means to stop it or even slow it down. The chain is the link between the brakes and the track.
tired

United States

#12 Mar 4, 2011
There isn't much good that can be said about someone going fast enough in the dark to shear off a tree. He sure wasn't thinking of the safety of his passenger. Helmets and bodies aren't made for high speed impacts with fixed objects. I'm sorry for the passengers injuries, hope she heals soon.
Hometown Girl

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Mar 4, 2011
What a very sad story. How tramatic for all those close to the young man.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#14 Mar 4, 2011
CONCERNED wrote:
Have someone check the chain in the chaincase. IF it snapped while trying to brake from high speed you would be left with a rocket and no means to stop it or even slow it down. The chain is the link between the brakes and the track.
The first thing I would check, is the alcohol level in his blood.
Julie

Prior Lake, MN

#15 Mar 4, 2011
So sad...
My condolances to the family and friends.
Julie

United States

#16 Mar 4, 2011
The Negotiator wrote:
Drinking from after work until two in the morning? Didn't appear drunk? Right.
Do you know that he doesn't work a second shift position, and didn't punch out until 11 or midnight?
David

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Mar 4, 2011
To the Brandenburger family: Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of John. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Vikings Fan

Rochester, MN

#18 Mar 4, 2011
The Negotiator wrote:
Drinking from after work until two in the morning? Didn't appear drunk? Right.
I see nothing in the article about drinking after work until 2:00 AM. You seem to be pretty good at being a judgemental "arsehole". His friends said that he did not appear drunk. And he obviously had decent judgement to give the young woman his helmet. I think most if not all posters here don't agree with driving any type of vehicle drunk. I also agree with the other posters here that this was tragic, and we need to let the families mourn.
Karma

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Mar 4, 2011
The Negotiator wrote:
Drinking from after work until two in the morning? Didn't appear drunk? Right.
You should be ashamed of yourself, you weren't there, who are you to judge? Think of all the families and friends who's lives are forever changed...have some respect you arrogant person.
Bah Humbug

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Mar 4, 2011
kills himself and damn near kills his passenger. How thoughtful.
CamelTow

Calgary, Canada

#21 Mar 4, 2011
Dude wrote:
How sad. Too bad there was not another helmet.
God bless him for protecting his friend, rather than himself.
protecting his friend?..possibly......but as posted earlier, I imagine he was , more than likely, speeding for number one plus the fact he had been drinking so???.......seems like almost all snowmobile accidents have alcohol involved in one way or another. No matter how or why this happened it is indeed very sad and useless ...but again, speeding and alcohol, without a helmet, a recipe for disaster..........protecting his friend, I guess it is all in the way you look at it..may God rest His healing hand on the family as they grieve thru this very senseless accident.
joe

Lewisville, TX

#22 Mar 4, 2011
blindman wrote:
apparently his helmet was so tight on his head it clouded his good judgement, by not going and getting another helmet.
I am sure you are aleays on the stright and norrow U BIG A__ I hope something happens to u or your family so I can write something as stupid as you did O wait I will not stup that LOW

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