Ejected without a helmet

Pelham Police just notified us that a 51-year-old Pelham man suffered “extensive” head injuries last night when he was ejected from a snowmobile he was riding near 22 Quail Run Lane without a helmet.

Police and firefighters were called there Friday at 9:28 p.m., and found Ronald Skinner, 51, of Pelham, conscious but bleeding and suffering from what were described as extensive head injuries.

Police said Skinner was stabilized at the scene and then taken to Lowell General Hospital. From there he was transferred to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Police said an investigation showed Skinner was riding a 2011 Polaris IQ-LXT snowmobile without a helmet, and was ejected from the snowmobile when he rode it from a snow-covered grassy area and onto a paved road. The snowmobile was not damaged, but Skinner struck his head when he was ejected onto the pavement.

Police said neither speed nor alcohol appear to have been factors.

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for Brigham & Women’s Hospital just called back to tell me Ronald Skinner is in critical condition tonight. Lets all hope he pulls though.

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