6 Hurt, 1 Dead after 4 Separate ATV Crashes Saturday in Northern Minnesota

A muddy ATV trail Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A muddy ATV trail

May 30, 2017 11:10 AM

Authorities are investigating four separate ATV crashes that occurred in northern Minnesota during Memorial Day weekend.

According to authorities, the four crashes all took place Saturday.


The first crash was reported just after noon Saturday in Bull Moose Township, in rural Backus. According to authorities, 57-year-old Kevin Theodore Baker, from Arizona, was driving a 2005 Arctic Cat ATV on a trail when he lost control and the ATV overturned. Baker, who was found pinned under the ATV, was transported via North Memorial AirCare to a Twin Cities hospital. Authorities did not list his current condition.

The second crash, reported at roughly 4:30 p.m., also occurred in Bull Moose Township. Authorities said 22-year-old Timothy Francis Czeck, from Marshall, was driving a 2005 Yamaha ATV on a trail when he lost control of the ATV and fell off. He was taken to a Brainerd hospital by ambulance and his current condition was not listed.

Two people were injured in the third crash, reported just before 6 p.m. in Remer Township. According to authorities, 56-year-old Randy Lee Puncochar, from St. Michael, and 54-year-old Kellie Jean Juhl, from Clearwater, were on a 2014 Polaris Sportsman on a road. The driver of the ATV lost control and the ATV rolled several times before it struck a mailbox, according to authorities. Authorities did not identify whether Puncochar or Juhl was the driver.

Puncochar and Juhl were taken to Deer River Hospital. Juhl was then transported to a Duluth hospital via AirCare.

The driver of an ATV was killed and two passengers were injured in the fourth crash, reported at 10:42 p.m. Saturday. Authorities discovered the three were on a 2014 Polaris Ranger on a driveway of a Loon Lake Township residence when the ATV struck a tree and ejected the driver and two passengers.

The driver of the ATV, identified as 42-year-old Steve Verville of Pequot Lakes, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said 51-year-old Kevin David Rogers, from Breezy Point, and 46-year-old Troy Mitchell Cable, from Cross Lake, were taken to a Brainerd hospital.

The individuals injured in the four crashes Saturday have not yet been identified.


Rebecca Omastiak

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