Hill Air Force Base identifies victim of Utah snowmobile accident

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Hill Air Force Base on Tuesday identified the victim of a fatal snowmobile accident as Airman 1st Class Christopher Martinez.

Martinez, 22, of El Paso, Texas, was assigned to the 729th Air Control Squadron. On Sunday, he was with three friends in the Monte Cristo area of Weber County. About 2 p.m., the group was riding down a steep hill in the Dry Bread area, but when three of them reached the bottom and could not see or hear their companion, they went looking for him, said Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Lane Findlay. The trio found him pinned under the front of his snowmobile. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

Martinez was a Ground Radar Journeyman, according to a press release from the base. He joined the Air Force March 1, 2011, and arrived at Hill Air Force Base eight months later. While assigned to the 729th, he deployed to Southwest Asia from January to July of this year, according to the press release.


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