Crosslake man who died after truck went through ice identified

Police say truck was reportedly stolen. Driver was traveling at high speed.

The truck 24-year-old Crosslake man died in being retrieved after going down the hill and through the ice in Cross Lake near the intersection of Daggett Pine Road and County Road 66.

The 24-year-old Crosslake man who died Friday, Dec. 4, after the truck he was driving launched over a berm, traveled 200 feet down an embankment and broke through the ice on Cross Lake has been identified as Zackary Dolney, formerly of Bristol, South Dakota, Crosslake Police Chief Erik Lee said Saturday, Dec. 5.

The truck Dolney was driving was reportedly stolen minutes before the accident occurred at noon Dec. 4 near the intersection of Daggett Pine Road and County Road 66, according to a news release from Lee.

The person who called police to alert them of the accident believed the truck was occupied. When police arrived at 12:03 p.m., they found the vehicle to be completely submerged, the news release said.

Crosslake Fire Department personnel extricated the man from the vehicle at 12:23 p.m. Fire and North Ambulance personnel performed lifesaving efforts but were unsuccessful. Dolney was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle was reported stolen at 11:57 a.m. Dec. 4, the news release said. Initial investigation indicated Dolney was traveling at a high speed and went through the T intersection, launching over a berm and landing in the lake after breaking through the ice.


Dolney's body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

The Breezy Point Police Department, Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources assisted at the scene.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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