Norman Zullin, Fleischmanns business owner, killed in snowmobile accident in Idaho
This story in last week’s News about a local man killed in a snowmobile accident in Idaho contained factual errors. Norman B. Zullin, 43, not Norman Zullin Jr., 41, was killed in the accident.
The story implies that Mr. Zullin was no longer involved in several local businesses, which is not the case. Mr. Zullin and his family own and operate Zullin’s Outdoor Furniture, Zullin’s Garage and Countryside Apartments, all located on Route 28 between Arkville and Fleischmanns. The News regrets the errors, which have been addressed in this updated story.
By Joe Moskowitz
A winter vacation to what locals call “snowmobile country,” ended in tragedy Saturday as a former Fleischmanns man was killed when his snowmobile was struck by a car.
Norman Zullin, 43, was snowmobiling in Island Park, Idaho, near the edge of Yellowstone National Park, when, according to a statement from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, he failed to yield to traffic on US Highway 20.
A witness told KIFI Television that Zullin walked out of a bar and started talking with a “buddy” across the highway.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department told the News that the buddy was Clovesville native, David Hull, Zullin’s companion on the trip. Zullin then got on his snowmobile and, at a designated snowmobile intersection, started to cross the highway and that’s when the car struck him.
Although he was wearing a helmet, Zullin died instantly. The official sheriff’s report said Zullin failed to yield to oncoming traffic.
The driver and a passenger in the car sustained minor injuries. No charges have been filed.
Zullin's family operates an outdoor furniture store on Route 28 near Fleischmanns. He recently moved to Long Island where he ran a convenience store and car wash in Bayshore.
A sheriff’s department spokesperson told the News that Zullin had been drinking earlier in the day, but it will be several weeks before they will get the results of tests to determine if alcohol was a factor.
Zullin leaves behind a wife, Heather, and an 11-year-old daughter, Alexis.