Two killed in separate crashes

IRON MOUNTAIN – Two people died over the weekend in separate one-vehicle crashes.

The first incident occurred Saturday morning just west of the village of Crivitz, Wis.

Deputies from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at 5:40 a.m. of a vehicle found rolled over in the ditch on County Highway W.

No one was in the vehicle.

Investigation led deputies to the registered owner’s residence in the town of Stephenson, Wis. No one answered the door at the residence.

On the second stop at the residence at about noon on Saturday, deputies made contact with the registered owner.

Deputies said that the owner indicated that his roommate was also in the vehicle when it crashed.

When deputies asked to speak with the roommate, the owner found him unconscious and presumed dead in an upstairs bathroom.

Marinette County Coroner George Smith pronounced the roommate, identified as 52-year-old Steven J. Hirth, dead at the scene. Hirth had resided in the town of Stephenson since January.

An autopsy on Monday determined that Hirth died of internal injuries sustained in the crash.

Deputies said that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

The name of the vehicle’s registered owner has not been released.

The accident remains under investigation. Anyone who has information about the crash is asked to contact the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department at (715) 732-7626 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-427-5857.

This accident is Marinette County’s third traffic fatality of 2013.

The second incident occurred Sunday near Brimley.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Sault Ste. Marie said that they responded to a report of a vehicle crash on Six Mile Road at about 5:40 a.m.

They found that a vehicle had left the roadway, overturned, and struck several trees.

A dead individual, who was presumed to be the driver, was located inside the wreckage.

Troopers were still trying to identify the victim as of Tuesday morning. They would not say if the victim is a male or female.

Assisting at the scene were the Bay Mills Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol, Bay Mills Emergency Connection Ambulance, and Superior Township Fire Department.