2009-02-05 / Front Page

Snowmobile vs. parked van ends in injuries

A Houghton Lake man was seriously injured when the snowmobile he was riding, which apparently had no headlight, crashed into a parked van in Roscommon Township early Feb. 2.

A Maple Street resident called 911 at 2:05 a.m. after seeing a van parked in the road and hearing someone calling for help. When Roscommon County Sheriff's deputies arrived, they saw a snowmobile near the rear bumper of the parked van. They also observed debris in the road and found Daniel P. Marcoux, 31, 906 Collingwood Blvd., lying in the road. Deputies said Marcoux, who was bleeding heavily, was crying and calling for help. The temperature was 16 degrees.

Marcoux was taken to Grayling Mercy Hospital, then airlifted to Saginaw St. Mary's Hospital, suffering from a broken collarbone, a broken leg and head trauma.

Deputies said it appeared the snow- mobile Marcoux was riding had no headlight. The owner of the van, a Farmington Hills resident, told deputies he had parked the vehicle on the road after getting it stuck in a driveway.

The Maple Street resident who reported the incident said her dogs began barking around 1:30 a.m. When she got out of bed at 2:05, she saw the van and heard Marcoux calling for help.

In another snowmobile accident, a Clarkston woman was injured when her machine hit a tree in Higgins Township Jan. 31.

Deputies said Patricia A. Florkey, 43, drove her machine over a snowbank before it hit the tree. Florkey was taken to Grayling Mercy Hospital.

State Police at Houghton Lake reported that Jacob Edwards, 14, Roscommon was injured at around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 while riding a snowmobile on Lyman Road about .1 mile south of Robinson Lake Road. Edwards told police he was negotiating a turn when his machine slid sideways and he fell off. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Grayling by personal vehicle.

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