iPhone alerts responders to ORV crash in Sagola Twp, victim in critical condition

Published: Sep. 25, 2023 at 11:30 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2023 at 5:16 PM EDT
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SAGOLA TWP., Mich. (WLUC) - An Iron Mountain man remains in critical condition after an iPhone alert notified responders of a crash early Sunday morning.

At approximately 1:19 a.m., the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received an automated alert that the owner of an iPhone was in a severe crash and was unresponsive.

Deputies were dispatched to the area where the call’s coordinates originated from in Sagola Township.

According to investigators, a 2022 Polaris Razer was traveling Eastbound on Turner Rd. when the vehicle went off the roadway causing the vehicle to roll and strike a tree. The driver, a 20-year-old man, was transported to UP Health System – Marquette where he remains in critical condition.

The crash is under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were Sagola Fire, STAR Ambulance, Integrity Ambulance and Town & Country Towing.

According to GoFundMe, Michael Talerico suffered life-threatening injuries in this crash.

“He suffered multiple skull fractures and has undergone two brain surgeries thus far,” reads a GoFundMe which has raised more than $27,000 for the family in less than 24 hours. “Michael and his family have a long and challenging road to recovery ahead of them. Our goal is to provide assistance as they begin to navigate these difficult times.”

To view the GoFundMe, visit: https://gf.me/v/c/2f47/medical-expenses-costs-for-mikey-talerico