The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal traffic a crash on September 24, 2018, at approximately 3:10 p.m . at the intersection of Riverside Drive and 7 Mile Road in Bruce Township.
Preliminary investigation and evidence on scene indicates a vehicle driven by Kirk Lee Mortinsen, 53, of Sault Ste. Marie, suffered a catastrophic brake failure at the intersection.
Mortinsen was traveling east on 7 Mile Road and was unable to stop at the stop sign and was struck by the southbound vehicle. Both drivers ended up at the hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Mortinsen died as result of his injuries on 9/25/18.
The other driver was treated and released.
The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post, Sault Fire, and Chippewa County Central Dispatch.
The investigation remains open as additional information is being collected.