Solo ATV crash kills one in Brule


A weekend ATV crash that left a Brule man dead remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

Ronald E. Tahtinen, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-ATV crash on Bellwood Pit Road in the town of Brule early Sunday morning. Deputy Dan Howe of the Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the scene at 2:04 a.m. after receiving a report of an ATV accident.

A friend of Tahtinen's asked her son to search possible ATV routes from Lake Nebagmon to Brule for Tahtinen, who was overdue getting home that night, according to a report by Howe. The son and two of his friends came upon the accident scene. They told Howe that when they arrived, Tahtinen was laying on his side, had a very weak pulse and was barely breathing.

First responders who arrived on the scene performed CPR on Tahtinen, but he was pronounced dead by Gold Cross Ambulance personnel at 2:45 a.m.

The ATV was found tipped on its side near the edge of the road, Howe noted in his report.

The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office, the Wisconsin DNR and the Douglas County Medical Examiner.