Fatal Portage Twp. crash

January 8, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

One person was killed in a two-vehicle car crash on Askel Road in Portage Township Monday night.

About 6:30 p.m., Rick VanAlstine, 52, of Pelkie, was driving east on Askel Road when he hit a deer
that ran into the roadway.
He lost control of the vehicle and skidded into the westbound lane, where he hit a vehicle driven by
Gloria Karinen, 65, of Pelkie, the Michigan State Police Calumet Post said. Karinen was

pronounced dead at the scene.

Road conditions were described as mostly clear, with some patchy ice.

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Photo courtesy Keith Almli II
A Pelkie woman died Monday in a two-vehicle crash on Askel Road in Portage Township.

VanAlstine was taken to Portage Health, then later taken to Marquette General Hospital.
The MSP was assisted at the scene by

Otter Lake First Responders, Hurontown Fire & Rescue and Mercy EMS.

The investigation is ongoing.


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