Hospitalized Baraga teen awake

Hunter Pelon

L’ANSE — Baraga teen Hunter Pelon is now awake in the hospital, law enforcement officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Pelon, 17, was found unconcious in a vehicle at the end of Silver Road in L’Anse Monday afternoon with two other teens who were pronounced dead at the scene.

Baraga County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a possible drunk driver at the end of Silver Road in L’Anse Township at approximately 4:15 p.m. Monday, a sheriff’s office press release states.

Two boys, identified as 17-year-old Christopher Turpeinen of Pelkie and 17-year-old Dylan Roberts of L’Anse, were found deceased inside the vehicle, which was running, the release states.

Pelon was found unconscious. She was taken out of the vehicle and lifesaving measures were initiated, according to the release.

Pelon was transported to Baraga County Memorial Hospital by Bay Ambulance and was later transferred to a hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

While the cause of the two boys’ deaths is unknown at this time, the release states that asphyxiation is suspected. Autopsies have been scheduled and the case remains under investigation, police said.

Bay Ambulance and the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police assisted at the scene.

L’Anse Area Public Schools confirmed in a Facebook post that the three victims were students there.

The post states that community social workers and counselors would provide services at the school to support students and staff. Additional counseling services will continue to be available if needed, the post stated.


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