Arraignment in Fatal Marquette Hit-&-Run

A Gwinn man has been arraigned for his role in the hit-and-run accident in Marquette last week that killed a pedestrian.
30-year-old Luke Huotari is facing two counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident causing serious impairment of a bodily function or death.
Huotari faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine on each count if convicted.
He’s hired Marquette attorney Karl Numinen to represent him.
Huotari will return to 96th District Court on July 23rd for his preliminary exam.
In the meantime, he’s being held in the Marquette County Jail on $500,000 bond.
Huotari is accused of being the driver in an accident at South Front Street and Genesee Street in Marquette last Wednesday night.
42-year-old Karin LaChapell and her husband, 39-year-old Bryan LaChapell, both of Marquette, were walking to Lake Superior to watch the city’s fireworks display.
A vehicle headed toward Harvey on South Front Street hit them and drove away.
Court records say that vehicle was a white 2000 Honda CRV.
Karin LaChapell died from her injuries on Thursday.
Bryan LaChapell was released from Marquette General on Friday.
Marquette City Police arrested Huotari on Saturday.

Posted by: Mike Hoey

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