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Marijuana had role in fatal Thanksgiving Day crash, Escanaba police say

ESCANABA, MI— The Escanaba Department of Public Safety has concluded its investigation into a fatal three-vehicle crash on North Lincoln Road last Thanksgiving.

Two people were killed, five seriously injured, and two suffered minor injuries.

Officers and accident reconstructionists determined the at-fault vehicle was going over 70 miles per hour at the time of impact. A witness who was in the at-fault vehicle said the driver, Tony Hurkmans, 61, of Escanaba and some passengers smoked marijuana before the crash happened. The witness says Hurkmans had a reaction to a joint purchased at a dispensary. He coughed and appeared to lose consciousness before the collision.

Hurkmans and Kelly Piquette, 60, of Escanaba were killed.

An analysis of Hurkmans’ blood revealed a high level of active marijuana in his system. Officials also found levels of prescription medications and buprenorphine in his blood, but no alcohol.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.