MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A Marquette County man will stand trial for a Fourth of July hit and run traffic accident that killed a Marquette woman and seriously injured her husband.
30-year old Luke Huotari of Gwinn waived his preliminary examination yesterday on two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident which caused serious impairment of a bodily function or death. Huotari’s bond was reduced to $100,000 for each count, and he’s required to live with his father in Iron Mountain.
42-year-old Karin LaChapell and her 39-year-old husband, Bryan, both of Marquette, were struck by a car allegedly driven by Huotari as they were crossing a street on their way to Lake Superior to watch the city’s fireworks display.
Karin LaChapell died from her injuries. Bryan was released from the hospital a few days later. Huotari will be arraigned in Marquette County Circuit Court on August 17th. He faces up to five years in prison, if convicted.
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