On the night of January 26th, the Geisenkoetter family was out ice fishing. They had just moved to a new lake and Alan (Sr.) was setting up their portable ice house. Ellie and Anavae were in the truck and Alan (Jr) had gotten out while Dad was setting up. As this was happening someone who had been fishing nearby started up their snowmobile. Alan Jr has recently been obsessed with snowmobiles and went to the back of their truck to see it as it went by.
Ellie noticed that it was moving towards them quickly and coming a little too close and yelled for Alan (Jr) to come back to the front of the truck. Before anyone knew what was happening, the snowmobile grazed the tailgate of the truck, hit Alan (Jr) and then plowed right into the icehouse that Alan (Sr.) was setting up.
Alan (Jr) was dragged across the ice and many people on the lake came to help while they waited for first responders. Alan (Sr.) could not get up and was transported to a metro hospital via ambulance, while Alan (Jr) was airlifted out. The driver of the snowmobile was found to be under the influence of alcohol.
I, Ellie's sister Alison, have created this site to help keep our friends and family updated on the status of Alan (Jr). The road to recovery will be long and we will need all the support we can get. We will post updates here. Please share them out so that we can keep everyone informed.
You can also help by supporting the family with a donation through their GoFundMe campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/helpalanjr
)). This will help cover expenses while the family stays at the hospital during recovery, the surgeries to come, and throughout the coming physical therapy to get back to normal.