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Saturday, February 02, 2008


Trenton man killed in UP snowmobile crash

Santiago Esparza / The Detroit News

Police suspect alcohol and speeding contributed to snowmobile crash in the Upper Peninsula that killed a Trenton man Friday.

Michael Gregory Makuch. 46. ate lunch and drank beers with friends Friday afternoon before crashing his 2004 Arctic Cat 600 Snowmobile on a sweeping curve in Newberry and hitting a large tree, said Michigan State Trooper David Moeggenborg of the Newberry Post.

Makuch suffered severe injuries to his head, neck and chest in the crash on the groomed trail, state police said.

Preliminary reports indicate Makuch had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit,
Moeggenborg said, citing a conversation with Helen Newberry Joy Hospital officials.

Moeggenborg had not yet subpoenaed blood tests for his report on Saturday afternoon.
Makuch was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Relatives on Saturday declined to comment about the incident or Makuch.

You can reach Santiago Esparza at (313) 222-2127 or sesparza@detnews.com.


  1. Anonymous4:58 PM

    Maybe Trooper Moeggenborg shouldn't run his mouth until he has a report to back up his statements.

  2. Anonymous11:24 PM

    like the trooper hasn,t seen enough dead snowmobilers from alchol abuse?


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