Car Falls Through the Ice on Little Muskego Lake

Another break-through this season raises concerns over ice safety

A 17-year-old Muskego teen almost got in over his head, literally, when he tried to visit a friend by short-cutting across Little Muskego Lake on Saturday.

According to reports from the Muskego Police Department, the teen was going to visit a friend around 5:25 p.m. and decided to drive onto the lake, heading from Lannon Drive toward Hillview Drive (west across the lake).

Reports stated that the driver thought the ice would be thick enough, but turned around shortly after starting off. As the vehicle was returning eastbound, the ice began to give way, and its front tires became submerged. Accident reports show the vehicle was not far off shore at the time. 

The teen was able to reach land again, but reports state the vehicle became totally submerged by 10:15 p.m.

MPD officials explained that the Department of Natural Resources generally handle the removal of vehicles and other similar objects from the lake within 24 hours.

"With the wild weather changes predicted over this coming week, everyone needs to realize that the ice may not be as safe as it looks," said Lt. Dave Constantineau. 

As of Monday morning, there was still open water on the lake, with several ice shanties dotting the bays nearby. Temperatures are expecting to warm into the mid-50s on Tuesday, which will further compromise the ice's strength, so it's best to stay off of the lakes.

Brandon Karpowitz January 29, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Please tell me he didn't have an Honor Student sticker on his car.
Denise Konkol (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 04:06 PM
And there were at least 1/2 dozen shanties that may not make it through the day today. Yikes.
MuskegoConcerned123 January 29, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Please get your Patch photographer down there ASAP so we may amuse ourselves with other peoples poor planning.
Quinn January 29, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I've watched cars, motorcycles, four wheelers at all hours of the day and night regardless of the 50+ temps. I have a visual on Idle Isle and I've not seen a cop once this season. I'd be an advocate for the gates on the parks after hours.
Quinn January 29, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Or even use the gates when the ice is unsafe to save people from themselves...
Brandon Karpowitz January 29, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Now we do fine these nitwits heavily when this happens right? As well as any rescue costs? What will be nice is seeing the shanty's then halfway frozen into the lake with the big drop in temps coming up.
Scandihovian Lady January 29, 2013 at 08:48 PM
What concerns me every winter, as we watch the senseless people who drive snowmobiles, four-wheelers, autos and trucks onto the lake before it is completely frozen, that because of their stupidity, if they go through the ice into the lake, that SOMEONE ELSE HAS TO RISK THEIR LIFE to rescue them from the frigid water. I hope there are citations with significant fines for such selfish and irresponsible actions.
1600penn.ave January 29, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Deanna Kuhn Knasinski January 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Are there fines? That's putting gas & oil into the lake, hope the DNR fines these idiots.
PJ January 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Hey Warriors Mom, get out of your little circle world. There has always been fines for any sort of vehicles, cars, trucks snowmobiles, atvs and even shantys that go through the ice. They also will be charge to have them removed from the lakes and yes they do need to remove them. Who's the idiot now.
Gregory Kluck January 30, 2013 at 12:19 AM
No need to get nasty, PJ. She was asking if there were fines. Give the answer and be done. Don't ridicule people for asking questions.
Fleming January 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM
There are lots of other places to get on the lake. We used to get on from our own yard with snowmobiles and minibikes. And for the cops, I see them coming out of Idle Isle all the time. It's called natural selection.
1600penn.ave January 30, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Sounds like PJ has first hand experience in the matter......
Denise Konkol (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 02:25 AM
There are fines assessed; MPD may decide to issue them, or the DNR can as the lake is technically their jurisdiction.
Denise Konkol (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Agreed. It's not an uncommon question, as most people avoid the situation by not driving on the lake during roller coaster winters that make for very unreliable ice.
Denise Konkol (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Tried to locate the vehicle if it was still there. From what we have heard, it was near Bay Breeze, and I can't access a vantage point as that is all private property. It may also have been removed. Per MPD, efforts are usually undertaken by the DNR, which usually takes about 24-48 hours to remove.
Scandihovian Lady January 30, 2013 at 04:54 PM
It seems as if there is always someone who has to get snarky when any topics are being discussed on Patch. Very sad!


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