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Traffic accidents claim three

October 22, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Three people were killed in separate traffic crashes in the Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin area over the weekend.

There were two vehicle-pedestrian accidents in Marquette, and a one-vehicle crash in the town of Pembine, Wis.

The first Marquette incident occurred Saturday at approximately 7 a.m.

According to officials from the Marquette City Police Department, 86-year-old Donald A. Papin of Marquette was crossing West Washington Street near Burger King when he was struck by an east bound van driven by a 50-year-old Marquette resident who was on his way to work.

Papin died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver's name is not being released at this time, as the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

No charges have been filed yet, said officials.

The second Marquette incident occurred Sunday at 6:44 p.m.

Officials said that a 30-year-old Winnipeg, Manitoba man was driving a semi tractor-trailer south along U.S. 41 near the Econo Lodge when he noticed a man walking north on the shoulder of the highway.

The driver changed lanes to the passing lane, but the pedestrian crossed the road in front of the vehicle and was struck, said officials.

The pedestrian, identified as 31-year-old Thomas Oral Pizziola of Ishpeming, was killed in the crash. The driver's name has not yet been released. The Pembine incident occurred Sunday at 3:09 a.m.

Marinette County Chief Deputy James Hansen said that a 27-year-old Waukesha, Wis. man had been driving east on Cemetery Road near Short Cut Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit several trees.

The driver died from injuries sustained in the crash. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Hansen.

Hansen added that speed is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Assisting at the scene were the town of Pembine Fire Department, Pembine Rescue, and Marinette County Coroner George Smith.



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