Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve reports that at noon on Sunday, August 29th Marinette County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting an ATV had crashed into a rock and trees on private property off Park Street off Smeester School Road in the Town of Beecher. The caller reported the machine had accelerated quickly out of a garage and impacted the rock and trees at a significant speed. The operator was ejected after impact and the machine landed on top of him. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and he was later pronounced dead at the scene by the assistant Marinette County Medical Examiner. The victim has been identified as MICHAEL J. HERITSCH age (68) from Greenfield, Wisconsin. Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Pembine Rescue Squad, Paramedics from Integrity Rescue, Pembine Fire Department, Wisconsin DNR Wardens, and Marinette County Medical Examiner. This incident remains under investigation by Law Enforcement and the Medical Examiner’s office.
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