Monday, December 1, 2003

Beware of Killer Trees, And Other Lessons From the North Woods

From the Traverse City Record Eagle:

LAKE CITY – A 70-year-old Falmouth man was killed when a tree fell on him Sunday morning. Glen Leroy English was attempting to chop down a tree on his property that was being held up by other trees when the tree broke and struck him, Missaukee County Sheriff’s deputies said. Deputies were called at 11:53 a.m. and discovered English pinned under the tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

And then there’s this story, also from the Record-Eagle:

GAYLORD – A hunter died on the last day of firearm deer season after he apparently tripped and shot himself. Ivan Mitchel Renkiewicz, 43, of Gaylord, was found by his brother at around 5 p.m., Otsego County Sheriff Sgt. John Dye said. Renkiewicz apparently accidentally shot himself at around 8:15 a.m., Dye said. He said Renkiewicz’s family heard a shot at that time but had no reason to believe Renkiewicz had shot himself. When he didn’t return Sunday afternoon, Renkiewicz’s brother went out looking for him, Dye said. Renkiewicz had apparently walked through heavy brush, caught his foot and fell on his handgun, causing it to go off, Dye said. Dye said the handgun would be checked for defects.

Police had no comment on the fact that Renkiewicz probably would have survived if his brother hadn’t field-dressed him.