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.

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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.

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