UPDATE: Woman injured in hit-and-run accident

UPDATE — 2:47 p.m.; March 11th, 2015

An Atlantic Mine man is in the Houghton County Jail after a hit-and-run accident.

Benjamin Riutta, 31, is charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death. That charge has a possible sentence of five years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

Riutta’s bond was set at $25,000 during his District Court arraignment. He has a probable cause conference scheduled for March 18th.


ADAMS TOWNSHIP — An Atlantic Mine woman was taken to the hospital after a hit-and-run accident Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post say they were called to Obenhoff Road in Adams Township around 2:15 p.m. The 36-year-old woman was walking when a westbound vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the road and struck her. The driver fled the scene after the accident.

Witnesses were able to give a description of the vehicle, which was later found by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department. The driver was a 31-year-old man, also from Atlantic Mine. He is lodged in the Houghton County Jail on charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury.

The woman was transported by Mercy EMS to U.P. Health System Portage for treatment. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Troopers say the incident is still under investigation by Advanced Accident Investigators from the Michigan State Police. It will be reviewed by the Houghton County Prosecutor. Troopers were assisted on the scene by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department, Adams Township First Responders and Superior Service Towing.