One fatality reported after Marquette County crash

On July 11, at 4:09 p.m., the Marquette County 911 Center received a report of a motorcycle crash on County Road C in the Town of Mecan.

Ronald Joseph Sinnaeve, 44, Brampton, MI, was traveling southbound on County Road C along with passenger, Jennifer Jean Vermote, 44, Escanaba, MI, when they approached a curve at the intersection of Riverview Drive, according to a press release from Marquette County Sheriff Kim Gaffney.

Sinnaeve stated that he saw a deer come out of the woods and as he braked he lost control of the motorcycle. As the vehicle went down it slid into the east ditch and went down the embankment along the occupant. Vermote was fatally injured as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marquette County Coroner’s Office.

Sinnaeve said he and the passenger were both wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

This crash is being investigated by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and Marquette County Coroner’s Office. This is Marquette County’s first traffic fatality of 2017.