UPDATE: Man injured in ATV accident identified

UPDATE: Man injured in ATV accident identified

UPDATE — 10:45 a.m. January 25th, 2016 (EST)

The identity of the driver who was trapped between his side-by-side off-road utility vehicle and a tree for several hours on Saturday has been released.

Deputies from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office say the driver was 56-year-old James W. Laitinen of Ishpeming. Investigation revealed that Laitinen failed to negotiate a curve on the snowmobile trail and struck a tree. When located around eight hours later, police say Laitinen was complaining of severe abdominal pain. He was transported to UP Health System – Marquette, where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation.


TILDEN TOWNSHIP — One man was injured after the ATV he was riding on struck a tree early Saturday morning.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says a 55-year-old Ishpeming man was riding his ATV on Trail No. 82 in Tilden Township, when he struck a tree around 1:00 a.m. The accident left the man trapped between the ATV and the tree for several hours.

Snowmobile riders from Wisconsin eventually found the man around 9:40 a.m. The man was taken by ambulance to UP Health System – Marquette for treatment of his injuries.

The ATV rider later told police that he misjudged a curve, which caused the accident. The man was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident, which is still under investigation.