UPDATE: Name released of man who died in Baraga County crash

A 56-year-old man died after a crash near the Pines Convenience store Friday afternoon.
 Michigan State Police
Michigan State Police (WJRT)
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 12:02 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2020 at 3:14 PM EDT
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BARAGA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: August 10, 3:01 p.m.

The man who died at the hospital due to injuries from the crash has been identified as 56-year-old David Savard of L’Anse, according to an officer from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post.

The 48-year-old Pelkie woman, who was the driver of the vehicle, has not yet been identified pending arraignment. Savard was a passenger in her vehicle.


The investigation continues into the deadly crash in Baraga County on Friday, July 31.

According to the Michigan State Police Calumet Post, troopers were called to US-41 near the Pines Convenience store at 4:10 p.m. for a two-vehicle crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 48-year-old Pelkie woman was driving a black Chevrolet Impala southbound on US-41 and tried to make a left turn into the gas station parking lot. The vehicle turned into the path of a northbound Ford Ranger pickup driven by a 69-year-old man from Wisconsin.

The 48-year-old woman, a 56-year-old male passenger and a four-year-old boy in the Chevrolet were taken by Bay Ambulance to Baraga County Memorial Hospital. The 56-year-old man died at the hospital due to injuries from the crash. The woman and her son have been released, police say. The Wisconsin driver was not hurt and refused medical treatment.

Investigators say alcohol was a contributing factor in this crash. The driver of the Chevrolet was arrested for operating while intoxicated and lodged in the Baraga County Jail.

No names have been released as MSP investigators continue to work on the case and the preliminary details are under review by the Baraga County Prosecutor. Police say the woman has not been arraigned in court.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police, Bay Ambulance, Baraga Fire Department and Dynamite Towing.

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